The team at Specsavers in Gloucester helped celebrate 100 years of Blind Veterans UK’s work by raising over £500 on Armed Forces Day (Saturday 27 June).

As well as dedicating £1 per sight test, the team dressed in patriotic red, white and blue and held a cake sale. Customers also took part in a game of Battleships with the chance of winning one of two pairs of prescription sunglasses for successfully sinking a ship. 

Paul Chessell, store director at Specsavers in Gloucester, said: ‘We’re delighted to support Blind Veterans UK and we’re so grateful to the local people who came along and helped us raise a fantastic £532! The charity is currently supporting more than 4,000 blind veterans and with our help, they hope to reach their target of recruiting 700 new beneficiaries in the coming year.’  

Blind Veterans UK was founded in 1915 and offers support, training and rehabilitation to blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. The charity’s mission is to ensure that all blind veterans have access to the finest quality services to help them discover life beyond sight loss.

Nick Caplin, Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK said: ‘We are delighted that Specsavers in Gloucester agreed to dedicate £1 for every sight test on Armed Forces Day to the charity. We hope that the partnership will help us to continue to raise awareness and support for the life changing work of the charity in our centenary year.’  

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