To mark the 25th anniversary of Carlisle’s invaluable Eden Valley Hospice, the Specsavers Carlisle team set themselves a New Year’s resolution back in January to raise as much money as possible for the charity in 2016, after collecting over £300 for the cause last year.

For a special cause

A laugh-a-minute staff tea party in March, a colourful ‘superhero and fairy tale’ fancy dress weekend in August and a popular badge sale from September to December were among the fun events that helped Specsavers on Castle Street reach their 2015 total for the cause.

Now the team are hoping to do even better in 2016 to mark the hospice’s silver anniversary. The local Eden Valley Hospice focuses on providing care and support for patients diagnosed with terminal illnesses, enabling them and their carers to live as fully and independently as possible.

Having touched the lives of thousands of Carlisle residents for the past quarter of a century, the community hospice was chosen by the store as the perfect benefactor with all donations going towards the ongoing expansion and refurbishment of the Durdar Road centre.

A word from the store director

Peter Archibald, store director at Specsavers Carlisle, said: ‘The hospice’s wonderful work is an inspiration to so many here in store and throughout our community for so many years so we’d like to say a huge congratulations to the Eden Valley team in their 25th anniversary year.

‘We’re very proud to donate to proceeds of our 2016 fundraising to such a fantastic cause. ‘Both the store team and our loyal customers made a superb effort in 2015 so we’re already working on a packed calendar of fun events in our bid to raise even more over the next 12 months.’ 

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