Specsavers in Penarth has renewed its three-year sponsorship agreement with the current world deaf rugby champions, Wales Deaf Rugby Union (WDRU), in a deal worth £15,000.

Thousands of pounds raised

The announcement follows a summer of fundraising activities, which saw the store on Windsor Road, along with the 34 Specsavers stores across mid and south Wales, raise more than £5,000 for WDRU during the ‘Specsavers Choir’ tour.

The rugby-themed choirs performed a one-off, four-hour performance at Specsavers stores on weekends throughout August and September to build on Wales’ excitement ahead of the start of the Rugby World Cup.

Specsavers has supported WDRU since 2012 when it became the official provider of audiology testing as well as kit sponsor.

‘Important initiatives to champion’

Frank Moloney, director of Specsavers in Penarth, said: ‘Over the last three years we have worked closely with WDRU to raise awareness of hearing loss and the importance of regular hearing tests, so we’re delighted to continue this important partnership.

‘We’re proud to be associated with WDRU and the £5,000 raised during our Specsavers Choir campaign will be put towards the organisation’s performance and community projects, which we think are extremely important initiatives to champion.’

Gwynne Griffiths, chairman of WDRU, said: ‘Without sponsorship, we would not be able to carry out the vital outreach work we do in communities through our engagement programme, and make sure that players have access to the best training and support staff available.

‘We’d like to thank Specsavers for its continued support and to the staff, customers and communities of the 35 stores across south and mid Wales for their generosity during the Specsavers Choir tour.’

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