Blind and visually impaired veterans will benefit thanks to a team of local eyecare experts who took part in a fundraising drive.

Staff from Specsavers in St Neots raised a three figure sum for the charity, Blind Veterans UK by donating £1 for every sight test conducted over the course of Armed Forces Week, and hosting a cake sale, book sale, specs repairs service and fancy dress day.

A word from the store director 

Store director, Rakesh Nanda, 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.’

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.

More about the charity

Blind Veterans UK was established in 1915 by founder of the Daily Express and former owner of the Evening Standard, Sir Arthur Pearson, after he lost his own sight to glaucoma.

The charity seeks to provide lifelong practical and emotional support to Armed Forces and National Service veterans regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight. Its work ranges from helping them relearn vital life skills enabling them to be independent in their own homes, offering new learning, training and recreation opportunities and providing long-term nursing, residential and respite care.

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