Clevedon Specsavers is helping to raise money for a brain tumour research and support fund, Ellie’s Fund, as part of its ongoing initiative to recycle old contact lenses.

'Zero waste'

A ‘zero waste’ box was set up at the store in January providing a place for the local community to recycle their old contact lenses and contact lens packaging. The recycled materials will now also raise money for research into brain tumours, as part of the charitable work by Ellie’s Fund.

The charity, which supports young people suffering from brain tumours, was set-up in memory of Ellie, who lost her fight against brain cancer in 2010 at the age of 14.

A word from the store director

Emma Perrigo, store director at Specsavers Clevedon, said: ‘Our recycling point for contact lenses has been really popular since we set it up in January. It’s great that we’re now not only helping to reduce landfill, but also raise money for charity in doing so.’

Ellie was diagnosed with grade 4 Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumour, in 2007. Doctors expected her to survive for between 6 and 12 months, but she defied the odds and raised over £25,000 for children’s brain tumour research in the three years she battled with the disease.

Ellie’s Fund was set up after her death to continue her fundraising effort. The charity’s new initiative to recycle everyday rubbish has already generated £65,000 for research into brain tumours. 

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