Help veterans like Edward march at the Cenotaph this Remembrance Sunday

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

89-year-old Edward, who goes by Ned, from Milton Keynes 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 Ned, to march.

Ned served as a Gunner in the RAF from 1944.  He served in the Royal Artillery, Royal Army Service Corps and RAF Police in Ceylon and Singapore. 

On his Service, Ned says: “I was very proud to have served, and extremely proud to have been promoted to Lance Bombardier in the Army. “I also received a commendation in the RAF Police for tackling and arresting a baton-wielding intruder in the RAF camp.”

"I can’t wait to attend this year’s march. It'll be a first for me. For me, Remembrance is about the pride of serving one’s country. It’s also about remembering the people who gave up their lives for the very same cause."

Specsavers stores are helping get 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.

It was not until 1985 that Ned’s sight began to deteriorate as a result of age-related macular degeneration. Ned says: “It was a horrible process. Gradual, but horrible.

“I found myself in the awful position of being unable to do most of the things that I’d previously enjoyed doing. I was unable to read or write. I couldn’t even see facial features.”

"Blind Veterans UK has helped me enormously with both support and equipment, in particular the computer pad and training giving me the opportunity to get to know modern technology and the opportunity to keep in touch with family and friends."

You too can make sure Ned and other veteran heroes 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.