Help veterans like Peter march at the Cenotaph this Remembrance Sunday

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

83-year-old Peter from Ellesmore Port 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 Peter, to march.

Peter joined the Royal Air Force as part of his National Service in 1952. He completed training in Padgate, then moved to Walmslow and Bomber Command at Bassingbourne. He left the RAF as an Aircraftsman.

 He says: “I loved my time in the RAF, the camaraderie was brilliant. I didn’t do anything spectacular or important but I was serving my country and life in the military set me up well. I am still meticulously tidy and like everything in its place, which has helped now that I’ve lost my sight!”

"I think of all those whose names are engraved on monument walls – those who didn’t come back, and their families. It is a real pleasure to be invited to represent Blind Veterans UK and I intend to march even though I am not as nimble as I used to be!"

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.

Peter started to lose his sight over ten years ago. He had already developed glaucoma but went on to suffer from age-related macular degeneration as well. He says: “It was difficult when I found out my sight would be severely affected by these conditions, but I count myself lucky to still have some sight.”

 He started to receive support from Blind Veterans UK in 2010 after being referred to the charity by his local hospital.

 Peter says: “Blind Veterans UK has given me back the independence in my day-to-day life that I lost when my sight went.

"Blind Veterans UK has helped me immensely, giving me back my independence, showing me how to do the small things that make me feel completely normal like making a cup of tea and being able to tell the colour of my clothes so that I can dress myself."

You too can make sure Peter 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.

"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.