Blind Veterans UK to benefit from Huddersfield pop-up shop!

Mary and Andrew Robertson
Mary and Andrew Robertson

Mary's homemade cards will be for saleA Huddersfield widow will be running a pop-up shop in the Pack Horse Shopping Centre this weekend to raise funds for four charities that supported her husband, veteran Andrew Robertson.


Mary Robertson of Gledholt has always supported the charities that helped her and her family cope with the difficulties faced by Andrew, including sight loss, who sadly died in November this year.


Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, is one of the four charities who are benefiting from Mary’s pop-up shop along with Alzheimer’s Research UK, Carers Trust (formerly Cross Roads), and Alwoodleigh, the home that Andrew was cared for in towards the end of his life.


As an ex-Service man who was vision-impaired, Andrew received support from Blind Veterans UK for the last seven years. The charity provides blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women with the help and support they need to lead as independent and fulfilling lives as possible.


Mary will also be supporting Blind Veterans UK by donating Andrew’s extensive library of more than 100 talking books to the charity for others to enjoy.


Mary said: “Andrew and I received such amazing support from these charities.  I know that every pound raised will do so much good for so many people.


“I had the idea for this pop-up shop many months ago but it’s now even more significant that it is in Andrew’s memory.


“I hope people will be able to come down to the Pack Horse to get ready for Christmas by getting some lovely presents as well as supporting these fantastic charities.”


The temporary shop in the Pack Horse Shopping Centre will give shoppers an opportunity to purchase some unique handmade gifts including cards, knitted coats, and capes made following patterns designed by Mary herself.


The pop up shop will be open for business 10am – 4pm in the Pack Horse Shopping Centre on Friday 5th December and Saturday 6th December.


If you would like more details about Blind Veterans UK and how you can support the charity in your local area, or if you think you know a veteran who could be eligible for free support, please contact Penny Growcoot on or 01492 868722.


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