Brighton's confiscated alcohol brings Christmas cheer to Blind Veterans UK

18 December 2014 16:45

Alcohol confiscated from Brighton residents by the John Street Police Station has been donated to Blind Veterans UK, to raffle off.

We provide practical, emotional and financial support to blind veterans, and we have been receiving some unconventional donations every three months for the last year.

Our Brighton centre uses them as raffle prizes to raise further vital funds for ex-Service men and women who are struggling with sight loss, regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight.    

Police Constable Jimmy Conway of Sussex Police arranges for the confiscated alcohol to be delivered, he said:

"It's great that the unopened alcohol that we confiscate can be put to such a good use.  If we didn't donate the confiscated bottles and cans to this fantastic local charity then they would have to be destroyed, which would actually cost Sussex Police money.

"I have volunteered at the Blind Veterans UK centre in Brighton and know firsthand what excellent work it does every day. I hope our contribution can bring a little more Christmas cheer to the blind veterans."

Rachel Chitty, regional fundraiser at our Brighton centre said: "I've received lots of donations in my time working for Blind Veterans UK and this is definitely one of the stranger ones!

"We're gearing up for a very busy Christmas as blind veterans and their families from all over the country visit the Brighton centre to stay over the festive period so all donations are very gratefully received."

If you wish to support Blind Veterans UK this Christmas then you can donate here.