The team at Specsavers in Market Harborough marked Space Day in style on 27 June, by offering an astronaut training experience and optical giveaway, raising more than £500 for Rainbows Children’s Hospice.

In exchange for a donation to the hospice, would-be astronauts took a reaction test and got into a spin in the human gyroscope, before having their photo taken outside the St Mary’s Place store, with a full-sized replica of the lunar landing module.

Staff also offered free OCT (optical coherence tomography) scans on the day which can help detect treatable eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration sooner.

A giant leap for optometrists
Store director, Barry Henning, said: ‘It was an honour to meet the next generation of astronauts.

‘It’s fantastic to have raised £573 for the hospice in just one day, despite the disappointing weather. The aliens and astronauts were out in force, raising a few smiles along the way.

’We were also able to bring eye health in to focus with our OCT machine, which could be described as a giant leap for optometrists, helping us detect and manage eye problems much sooner.’

Charity focus
Rainbows is the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people, where life-limited children and their families can find care and support. Its team helps relieve symptoms, improve quality of life, care for children at the end of life and support parents and siblings through their bereavement.

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