A team of optical experts have gone the extra mile to celebrate their 20th birthday by raising vital funds for a local charity, which cares for those with severe disabilities.

Helping peolple Connect

Staff at Specsavers in Bromley hosted a week-long fundraising drive with all proceeds going to Connect, a charity supported by the Mayor which works with people living with aphasia, a communication disability which usually occurs after a stroke.

The team took part in various activities through the week, culminating in a visit from the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Julian Benington. The Mayor visited the team to cut the birthday cake and look around the store which has recently undergone a £150,000 refurbishment. 

A word from the Mayor

The Mayor, Councillor Julian Benington, said: ‘As Mayor of the London Borough of Bromley, I was delighted to visit Specsavers to celebrate their 20th birthday.

‘I was very impressed by the new interior and the wide range of optical and hearing services available using modern equipment.

‘I am delighted that the staff chose to support Connect for their week long charity fund raising and it’s great to see their continued investment in Bromley. I wish them every success in the future.’

Thanks to Specsavers

Sally McVicker, CEO at Connect, said: ‘We are so grateful to Specsavers for choosing to fundraise on our behalf for their 20th birthday celebrations.

‘It’s great to see all the hard work they put into raising much-needed funds which will have a significant impact on Connect and our ability to help people with aphasia in the Bromley area reconnect with life.

‘£250 is a fantastic amount and its donations like these and the on-going support from the Mayor that enable us to make a difference. On behalf of Connect I’d like to thanks everyone involved.’

Giving back to the community

Director at Specsavers in Bromley, Reehan Qureshi, said: ‘The last few weeks have been a very busy time for us. Not only have we recently undergone an exciting upgrade in-store, we also celebrated our 20th birthday and wanted to give something back to the local community which has supported us over the years. We recently sponsored the cost of the Nativity Hut in the town centre and wanted to continue our relationship with the local community by working with a charity.

Imran Khan, retail director at the store, added: ‘The Mayor’s Charity Appeal has been a great success this year, and we are thrilled to be able to contribute to Connect in the run up to Christmas. We know how important these donations are and we look forward to hosting similar fundraising events in 2015.’

For more information on Connect, visit: www.ukconnect.org/

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