Opticians' charity sky dive

16 October, 2013
Specsavers Hoddesdon store director Mona Thacker skydives in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
Mona skydived in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

A courageous Specsavers optician, from the Hoddesdon store in Hertfordshire, has braved a 15,000ft skydive and in the process her team has raised more than £1,200 for the East Anglian Children’s Hospices. The money will directly fund care and support for children and young people with life-threatening conditions.

Optical director, Mona Thacker, was cheered on to her nerve-wracking jump by her colleagues. The jump follows months of fundraising at her high street store, through various activities, including glasses repairs for local residents.

Mona explains her moment of freefalling madness: ‘The level of support and generosity that I’ve received from my team and customers in Hoddesdon has been overwhelming. I’m not the kind of person who would willingly jump out of a plane but the hospice is a cause very close to my heart. My business partner climbed Ben Nevis earlier this year for the charity and I wanted to do something to help encourage further donations to our store’s fundraising pot.’

This latest adrenaline-packed fund-raiser is part of Specsavers stores in eastern England coming together to help the Children’s hospices in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices fundraiser, Mark Loades was clearly thrilled with the much-needed donation: ‘A huge well done to Mona and thank you to the generosity of staff and customers at Specsavers in Hoddesdon. The funds raised will help us to continue our work and provide care and support to families of children who have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses.’

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