Generous staff and customers at an opticians in Dumfries have raised more than £1000 for a regional charity since the start of this year.

Colleagues at Specsavers in the Loreburne Shopping Centre have been supporting Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes – an organisation which delivers essential blood and urgent medical supplies to people in need – and their most recent fundraiser has taken the annual total so far to £1144.

On Saturday 29 October, the store hosted a Halloween fun day with creepy costumes and a bat-tastic bake sale. There was also freaky face painting for kids and big kids alike, helping to raise £272 for the charity.

Customers also donated a further £300 for the cause this year through in store fundraisers and a collection tin, and the store has matched the money raised, taking the final total to the £1144 figure.

Big thank you

Store director Jill Dickson said: ‘The Halloween event was great fun and we received some very generous donations from customers.

‘Blood Bikes is a vital resource and its volunteers, across Dumfries and beyond, carry out fantastic work. We think it’s a great organisation, so it’s very important for us to raise money to support the dedicated volunteers and help them to continue to provide this service.

‘We would like to say a big thank you to all customers who have donated.’

Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes is run by volunteers across South West Scotland and provides out of hours transport between hospitals and healthcare sites. It is provided free of charge and is dependent upon charitable donations.

Vital funds raised

David Hook, chairman of Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes, said: ‘Every penny raised is used for the benefit of the patients of the NHS. We have to raise £30,000 a year just to operate the service, so £1144 towards this is a fantastic help.

‘The money will go towards the purchase of replacement cars and bikes and will provide training for riders and controllers.

‘Thank you so much to Jill and the team at the store, and to all of the customers who have donated this year.’

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