On Saturday 28 June, Specsavers' Yate staff held a fun-packed 1940s-themed event to celebrate Armed Forces Day and raise money for national charity, Blind Veterans UK. 

The store was decorated in specially-made bunting and balloons, with vintage music playing throughout the day, while staff wore 1940s fancy dress.

Customers enjoyed an old fashioned soda pop stand which was set up outside the store and sold classic favourites, while traditional homemade cakes from the era and poppy seeds were on sale in store, all in return for donations.

With the help and generosity from the customers, the store was able to raise a total of £135.

Blind Veterans UK is a national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. The charity provides support regardless of the cause of their sight loss.

Blind Veterans UK launched its No One Alone campaign in October 2012. It aims to reach out to the 68,000 plus blind ex-service personnel who would benefit from the charity’s services, but either do not know about the charity, or do not know that they are eligible for its lifelong support. Research suggests that the majority of these did National Service, are currently in their 70s and 80s and suffering from age related sight loss.

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