Help veterans like Lindy march at the Cenotaph this Remembrance Sunday
Local veteran Lindy is getting set to march at the Cenotaph in London with more than 100 other of her blind veteran comrades.
71-year-old Lindy from Wiltshire is being supported to do this by her local Specsavers stores. The stores are raising money from 6 – 12 November to send blind veterans, including Lindy, to march.
Lindy joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) in 1965, training in communications on HMS Dauntless and HMS Mercury, before then posting to RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset. She was later drafted to Singapore on the staff to the Commander in Chief Far East Fleet.
"Every year it is an immense privilege to be marching with veterans of all branches of the Armed Forces. Last year was a fantastic. Everyone looked so smart, so committed and so, so proud. I was amazed at how many people came to see the parade. It went on and on from Whitehall to the Mall and I just can’t wait to do it again this year."
Specsavers stores are helping 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.
While working at Citadel as a Cypher WRNS and waiting for her commission, Lindy was dealt a blow and diagnosed with diabetes. It meant the end of her career in the WRNS and, later in life, the loss of her sight as a result of diabetic retinopathy. She says: “I remember one day blood rushing across my eye. From then it carried on deteriorating and within four months it was chronic.”
Fortunately for Lindy, in 2012 she started receiving help and support from Blind Veterans UK. She recalls: “It was scary and very difficult to come to terms with, but I decided that I wasn’t going to let my sight loss control my life.” The support and equipment Lindy has received from the charity has enabled her to keep her independence, while the social element the charity provides has also proved invaluable.
"“The training and equipment is very important but for me, it’s the companionship that is the best bit. I actually met my partner, Graham, through the charity. He’s also a blind veteran and we’ve just been having a wonderful time together!”."
You too can make sure Lindy and other veterans 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.
Help our veterans pay their respects
"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.