Blind Veterans UK announced as new charity partner of the Monarch Foundation

1 July 2014 13:49

Blind Veterans UK announced as new charity partner of the Monarch Foundation

A new charity partnership was launched on the 27 June between The Monarch Foundation, which organises all of the charitable activity that is carried out by The Monarch Group, and Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired veterans.

To celebrate the launch of the partnership, Monarch Airlines collected loose change on board their flights from the 27 to 29 June, in support of British Armed Forces Day (29 June) to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, and another of the Monarch Foundation's charity partners, Toe in the Water.

Andrew Jones, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Blind Veterans UK, said: "We're really looking forward to working closely with The Monarch Foundation and The Monarch Group employees to raise vital funds to support blind veterans and increase awareness of Blind Veterans UK so we can reach more ex-Service men and women who are eligible for our help.

"We are delighted that The Monarch Foundation has appointed Blind Veterans UK as a charity partner and that collections will be taking place on board Monarch Airlines' flights. We urge anyone flying with Monarch to dig deep and support ex-Service men and women.

"We also plan to share our specialist vision impairment skills and knowledge with The Monarch Group to help them provide an even better service for their vision impaired customers."

Pauline Prow, Chair of The Monarch Foundation, said: "We are very proud to launch a charity partnership with Blind Veterans UK. Monarch Airlines will be collecting loose change on board this weekend in support of British Armed Forces Day, recognising the contribution made to our country by those who currently serve and who have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. The Foundation is proud to support injured military personnel and their families."

We aim to reach out to the 68,000 plus blind ex-Service personnel who would benefit from the our services but either do not know about us or do not know that they are eligible for its lifelong support. Blind Veterans UK has three centres in Brighton, Sheffield and Llandudno (North Wales), and a network of qualified welfare staff who provide services across the UK.

If you are or know of a veteran with vision impairment, please visit our No One Alone website or call 0800 389 7979.