Help veterans like Dennis march at the Cenotaph this Remembrance Sunday

Local veteran Dennis is getting set to march at the Cenotaph in London with more than 100 other of his blind veteran comrades.

91-year-old Dennis from Camberley is being supported to do this by his local Specsavers stores. The stores are raising money from 6 – 12 November to send blind veterans, including Dennis, to march.

Dennis served with the Army as part of his National Service from June 1944 to November 1947. He explains: “I was initially in the Royal Hampshire Regiment, before later joining the Highland Light Infantry.” After completing his training in Canterbury and Norfolk, Dennis went to France where he served on the front line for eighteen months on the Rhine. Dennis was discharged on November 5 1947 as a Corporal.

"For me, Remembrance is a time to think about the fellows that I served with and lost their lives. It’s something that you just don’t forget. There were six of us who went over, two got killed and two were injured."

Specsavers stores are helping to get our blind veterans to the march

Specsavers has supported Blind Veterans UK since 2012 and, as well as raising money for our charity, has referred a number of customers so they too can access our support.

This support is crucial.

Dennis says: “Everything just became quite blurred. It’s got progressively worse, but it’s a gradual process. I have a walking stick but still have to be careful. It was a huge shock but I remain positive and do things independently as much as possible." 

Dennis came across Blind Veterans UK after a current beneficiary of the charity recommended he get in touch. He explains: “I go on a Sainsbury’s bus every Thursday and a chap on there, who receives support from the charity, told me I’d be eligible and that I should reach out for their support."

"I’m really pleased with the charity. They’ve given me a magnifier to read my letters with which is extremely useful. I also attended a week at their Brighton centre which was fantastic and a real eye opener. I had no idea the amount of things they are able to do for blind veterans."

You too can make sure Dennis and other veteran get to the Cenotaph

Book an eye test at your local Specsavers in the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday or pop by and add loose change into their donation buckets. You might even be able to get involved with an in-store event. Call your local store or ask in store for more details.

Your support means that we can cover the costs of sending our veterans to Remembrance Sunday. 

From transport, to providing wheelchairs for those of our veterans who are less mobile and even hosting a lunch after the ceremony. Thank you for enabling blind veterans from across the country to meet, share their stories and support one another.

"Remembrance Sunday is always a very poignant time for our blind veterans and it is fantastic that Specsavers are able to support them to march at the Cenotaph."

Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK, Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin

Blind Veterans UK is the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, providing vital practical and emotional support to help veterans discover life beyond sight loss.

Today, Blind Veterans UK supports more blind and vision-impaired veterans than ever before in the charity’s history and we have set an ambitious target to double the number of veterans we support in the next five years.

The charity estimates that there are currently 59,000 blind veterans that would be eligible to access our specialist support, most of whom are not currently aware of it.