Blind Veterans to collect at Palace game

Blind Veterans UK has won this season’s third Chelsea Foundation online charity poll, and will be holding bucket collections at Stamford Bridge before the game against Crystal Palace.

There are four matchdays available throughout the season for bucket collects, so the charities have been broken down into different categories: children’s, medical, armed forces and community charities.

Thousands of you took part in the third poll, the armed forces category, via this website, with the Blind Veterans UK, who are dedicated to helping blind ex-service men and women lead independent and fulfilling lives by supporting them with in-depth expertise, experience and full range of services, coming out on top.

The charity, which believes that no one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone, provides blind and vision-impaired veterans with the free services and lifelong practical and emotional support they need to lead full and independent lives.

Founded in 1915, Blind Veterans UK initial purpose was to help and support soldiers blinded in the First World War but the organisation has gone on to support more than 35,000 blind veterans and their families, spanning the Second World War to recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Blind Veterans UK provides free services and support to veterans no matter what the cause of their sight loss, whether it be due to accident, illness or medical condition such as macular degeneration.

Chief executive of Blind Veterans UK, Nick Caplin said: ‘We are thrilled to have won the vote and have the opportunity to raise vital funds to support our blind veterans.

‘The support our veterans receive is life changing and the money raised at the match will go towards the training and equipment we provide to allow them to achieve victory over blindness.’

For more information on the Blind Veterans UK visit