A Huddersfield widow has raised an incredible £1,900 for four charities, including Blind Veterans UK, that supported her husband, veteran Andrew Robertson, with her pop-up shop in the Pack Horse Shopping Centre.
Mary Robertson 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, was one of the four charities who has benefitted 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 said: “I’m delighted to have raised such a large amount of money. Thank you to everyone who came and supported my shop.
“I know that the four charities that were so helpful to Andrew and me will be able to make such good use of this money helping others.”
Blind Veterans UK are receiving a £500 donation, enough to fund two audio book players allowing veterans to listen to novels.
Mary will also be supporting Blind Veterans UK by donating Andrew’s extensive library of more than 300 talking books to the charity for others to enjoy.
Blind Veterans UK’s No One Alone campaign aims to reach out to the estimated 68,000 plus ex-Service personnel who could be benefiting from its services but either do not know about the charity or realise they are eligible for its support.
If you are or know of a veteran with vision impairment, request free support by calling 0800 389 7979 or find out more at www.nononealone.org.uk.