Senior citizens’ meal fundraiser
Blind Veterans UK benefits from event
A FREE lunch brought 100 senior citizens together to mark the First World War centenary and raise money for vision impaired ex-servicemen and women.
Guests filled Yiewsley and West Drayton Community Centre, in Harmondsworth Road, which had been decorated with red, white and blue balloons, bunting and Union Flags.
They were treated to a hot meal and took part in a raffle, which raised funds for Blind Veterans UK.
The charity was chosen after organisers including West Drayton councillor, Dominic Gilham, were inspired after reading the Gazette’s recent front page story of West Drayton’s blind former Army captain Kerry Levins.
Mr Levins was given support by Blind Veterans UK after suffering from ischaemic retinal vasculitis, later determined to be ‘service attributable’.
He marched with the charity at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.
Councillor Gilham, Yiewsley councillor Shehryar Wallana and West Drayton councillor Jan Sweeting joined the guests alongside the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Hillingdon, councillors George and Judith Cooper.