Se­nior cit­i­zens’ meal fundraiser

Blind Vet­er­ans UK ben­e­fits from event

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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