Staff at a local opticians in Whitby are donned their best fancy dress and took part in a sponsored walk to raise money as part of Armed Forces week. To show support for this year’s Armed Forces Week, Specsavers in Whitby hosted a whole week of fundraising, dressing up in army fancy dress, decorating the store with an army theme, hosting a tombola, donating £1 for every sight test they complete in the week and finishing the week of fundraising by walking 12 miles to Robin Hood’s Bay and back to raise further funds for Blind Veterans UK (BVUK).
Make a Spectacle of Yourself campaign
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.
Dikki Finn, store director at Specsavers in Whitby says: ‘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 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 as it will make a difference to some very deserving people.’
Blind Veterans UK
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. Nearly a century later, Blind Veterans UK not only cares for ex-Service men and women blinded in action, but for veterans who have lost their sight through accident, illness or old age.
The charity provides residential and respite care plus sports facilities, as well as qualified welfare staff who help blind veterans across the UK to live independently within their own communities.
To make a donation to Blink Veterans UK visit https://www.blindveterans.org.uk/how-you-can-help/donate-online-now/ or https://www.justgiving.com/blindveterans