The team at a borough opticians are digging deep and raising money as part of Armed Forces Week.

To show support for this year’s awareness week (20-26 June), Specsavers in The Quadrant, Richmond is hosting a fundraising drive and will donate £1 for every sight test conducted over the course of the week to Blind Veterans UK (BVUK). The activity 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.

Team members in store will also be making a spectacle of themselves by donning their daftest fancy dress and striking their best poses at a special dress-up day on June 23. Customers are invited to join in the festivities and will be able to make a charitable donation at the till point.

A word from the store director

Lee Penfold, store director at Specsavers in Richmond, said: ‘Blind Veterans UK provides crucial support to those who have either lost or had their sight damaged while representing our country in the armed forces. The charity works tirelessly to give its members their independence back and helps them discover a life beyond sight loss.

‘Armed Forces Week is a brilliant chance to have a bit of fun and show our silly sides, while also digging deep for this fantastic organisation. We encourage all of our staff, customers and wider members of the community to get involved in whatever way they can – whether it’s sticking on their glad rags or sparing a little change. It make a difference to some very deserving people.’

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