The team at Specsavers in Worcester donned their favourite hats to raise money for Brain Tumour Research on April 5.

The store’s own ‘Wear a Hat Day’ marked the end of a week of fundraising and awareness building around the role that routine eye tests can play in detecting signs of brain tumours which raised £130 for the charity.

As well as donating to doff a cap, the Specsavers Worcester team ran a raffle with the grand prize of an Easter Hamper filled with sweet treats from Mr Simms olde sweet shoppe and a bubbly bottle of Prosecco.

A word from the store director

Dean Roberts, store director at Worcester, said: ‘We hope our fundraising week also raised awareness that eye tests are not just about prescription checks and glasses but are part of your wider health too. A routine test allows opticians to detect serious issues that can be both sight and, in some cases, life-threatening – including brain tumours.

‘As a team, we really hope the money raised will help Brain Tumour Research continue with its invaluable work and want to say thank you to everyone who came to store to take part and donate.’

The store on Pump Street recently added an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine to its services. The machine is normally found in hospital eye departments and uses light waves to create a detailed 3D picture of the retina. The OCT scan can be used alongside digital retinal photography, which takes a detailed image of the back of the eye – the only part of the body where the circulation of blood can be directly observed - to detect signs of various conditions. The images can also be compared on future visits to keep a watchful eye on a patient’s health.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

Funds raised will be used to build a network of experts in world-class brain tumour research centres in the UK where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and finding a cure. 

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