Sprecsavers staff in Middleton have raised £1,239 for a charity which undertakes vital research into saving babies’ lives and supports pregnant mums thanks to a week-long fundraising effort.
Specsavers retail manager Hayley Powsney organised the fundraising week for the charity Tommy’s, saying it is very close to her heart: ‘When I mentioned to the rest of the team that I’d like to do something to show my support for Tommy’s, they were really keen to get involved.’
‘Tommy’s has been a helping hand to a huge number of women, giving advice on any pregnancy questions or worries they may have and being a real pillar of support for women who’ve suffered miscarriages or stillbirths.’
‘They were truly invaluable to me while I was pregnant with my daughter Edie. It was a difficult time for me, having previously lost my son when he was stillborn. I’m really proud to be able to show my gratitude for their hard work by donating the money raised by our team.’
The Specsavers team raised the money for Tommy’s by holding a number of events, including a bake sale and a tombola with prizes donated by other stores within Middleton shopping centre. The store’s directors also pledged £1 per eye test given during the fundraising week.
Laura Haigh, Tommy’s fundraising manager said: “We know how much effort and time goes into organising fundraising events and we are just so thankful to Hayley and the team at Middleton Specsavers for choosing to raise money for our charity. Tommy’s relies on the generosity of its supporters to continue its pioneering research to prevent pregnancy complications and help ensure more parents, just like Hayley, realise their dream of holding a healthy baby.”
Tommy’s charity is entirely funded by donations and funds research into pregnancy problems as well as providing pregnancy health information to parents. It believes it is unacceptable that one in four women lose a baby during pregnancy and birth and the Manchester clinic is one of only four in the UK.