Head for heights helps hospice

12 May, 2014
Four members of staff from Specsavers Filton take on charity abseil
Tina Wilson, Haylie Poole, Jess Wilson and Claire Neil
Four brave members of staff from the Specsavers store in Filton took on the challenge of abseiling down Avon Gorge to raise £500 for St Peter’s Hospice. 
Assistant manager, Jess Wilson, and optical assistants Tina Wilson, Haylie Poole and Claire Neil all secured sponsorship to make the scary 190m descent against a backdrop of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Now that the team has reached its original fundraising target for the hospice, they are hoping to raise a further £500 by the end of the year.
‘All of us were a bit apprehensive but once we started, we relaxed and were able to enjoy it,’ says Jess. ‘None of us had ever done anything like that before so it was a great feeling when we got to the bottom.’
The store also held a cake and sweet sale and carried out specs MOTs (cleaning and adjustments) in return for donations to reach their £500 goal. In a bid to raise the next £500, customers will have the chance to get their hands on one of two signed Bristol Rovers shirts through a raffle and silent auction.       
St Peter’s Hospice is a Bristol charity caring for adults with life-limiting illnesses. It aims to improve the quality of their living and dying while extending care and support to their families and loved ones.