Blind and visually impaired veterans will benefit thanks to a team of local eyecare experts who took part in a fundraising event to support Armed Forces Week.

Staff from Specsavers in Richmond raised cash for charity, Blind Veterans UK, by donating £1 for every sight test conducted over the course of the week.

Team members in store also made a spectacle of themselves by donning their daftest fancy dress and striking their best poses at a special dress-up day on June 23.

A word from the store director

Store director, Lee Penfold, said: ‘Blind Veterans UK provides vital support to those who have either lost or had their sight damaged while representing our country in the armed forces.

‘Armed Forces Week was a brilliant chance to dig deep for this fantastic organisation and support them in their efforts to help their members discover a life beyond sight loss. With the help of our community, we’re delighted to be able to provide them with this small token of our gratitude.’

More about the initiative

The fundraising drive follows Specsavers’ successful involvement in last year’s Make a Spectacle of Yourself campaign - where more than £20,000 was raised for ex-service men and women across the country who have been blinded in action or have lost their sight through accident, illness or old age.

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