store helps blind veteran attend Cenotaph ceremony
Brice, a local blind veteran, marched at the Cenotaph in London
on Remembrance Sunday with the help of military charity Blind Veterans
UK and Burnham-On-Sea's Specsavers.
71-year-old joined more than 100 other blind veterans supported
by Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-service
men and women.
November 6th12th the Burnham-On-Sea store raised awareness
of the charity and collected funds in aid of the trip.
Burnham-On-Sea store director Rama Venkat explains: "We are
all immensely thankful to our military service personnel. We are
proud to lend our support to ensure that John is able to reach London
and pay his respects to his fallen comrades by marching to the Cenotaph
this Remembrance Sunday."
Brice said: "Id like to thank you Blind Veterans and
Specsavers in Burham-on-Sea. Without their support I would not be
able to take part in the Remembrance Day march to the Cenotaph in
lost his sight gradually, due to age-related macular degeneration.
It was an experience he found unsettling, having always prided himself
on his independence.
says: "It was terrifying when I was told I would lose my sight,
because I didnt know how I would work or get about without
being able to drive. It was a very difficult time."
discovered Blind Veterans UK while volunteering for Vision North
Somerset. He started receiving support from the military charity
in 2014 and took part in an introduction week at one of the charitys
rehabilitation centres to help him adjust to his sight loss.
says: "Being with Blind Veterans UK is like being back in the
forces - that sense of camaraderie is always there and because we
are all in the same boat I dont have the excuse of saying
I cant do things because of my sight loss.
has supported Blind Veterans UK since 2012 and staff have referred
a number of customers to the charity so they can access their support
services, in addition to raising funds in store.
you, or someone you know served in the Armed Forces or did National
Service and are now battling severe sight loss, find out how Blind
Veterans UK could help by calling 0800 389 7979 or visiting blindveterans.org.uk
donate to the Blind Veterans Cenotaph fund, please visit Specsavers
Burnham-on-Sea, 3 High Street, TA8 1NX.