The team from Keynsham Specsavers are raising vital funds for two local children’s hospitals during National Children’s Eye Health Week (24-30 October).

Canvas bags

The store will be selling eco-friendly canvas bags for £2 throughout the week, with all proceeds being donated to children’s wards of the Royal United Hospital in Bath and the Bristol Eye Hospital.

Store director Richard Alexander said: ‘There was no doubt that we were going to get involved in National Children’s Eye Health Week. It’s the perfect opportunity for us to raise money for a very important cause, while also raising awareness and sharing our knowledge about ways that we can help parents maintain their child’s eye health.

‘Our children’s vision is invaluable as it ensures they can develop, play, create and communicate with everything and everyone in the world around them.

‘Both hospitals offer paediatric services and a range of important support services to children and their families.’

Early sight tests

Specsavers encourages parents to have their children’s sight tested by the age of three. Testing children before they begin full-time education means that any problems that they may have are identified early, setting them up for a happy school life.

Poor eyesight can cause a range of learning and behavioural problems, and can be very frustrating for young children who cannot explain the difficulties they are having.  Regular and early testing leads to effective treatment and a positive difference to a child’s wellbeing.

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