The Hampers for Hearts appeal, organised by Specsavers Cheltenham, made Mother’s Day extra special for one local mum. 

Anjie Winter was the lucky recipient of a hamper which was filled with goodies including a limousine ride, tickets for the races and beauty vouchers. It’s the second hamper to be raffled off by the store as part of the Hampers for Hearts appeal which aims to raise £1,800 so that a defibrillator can be installed outside the store for the local community to access. 

Having been a volunteer with Bishops Cleeve Colts for nine years where she was a girls’ welfare officer as well as manager of the Under 8s, Under 10s and Under 12s girls teams, the hamper win also coincided with Anjie’s retirement. 

More than £1,000 raised

The current Hampers for Hearts appeal total stands at £1,300 with a further two hampers still to raffle; one for Easter and one for Father’s Day. The appeal is the brainchild of lab assistant, James Tombs who joined the team at Specsavers last year. 

‘We’ve all been blown away with how much support we’ve received, both from customers buying the raffle tickets and businesses donating items to fill the hampers,’ said store director Melanie Brackstone. ‘James has also been absolutely fantastic at drumming up interest, getting out and about into the local community to tell people what we are doing.’

Raffle tickets still available 

James said: ‘I’ve met so many people as part of the campaign and everyone has been really encouraging. To be just £500 short of our target, and with more hampers to come, is great and the whole team is going to be working hard in the coming months to make sure we can reach our final target. Raffle tickets are currently available to buy in store for the Easter hamper so please do support us if you can.’ 

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