Specsavers staff at stores across Cardiff and Penarth have raised £1,000 for HCPT, a charity that provides specialist pilgrimage holidays for disabled and disadvantaged people.

Joined forces

Specsavers stores at Leckwith, Queen Street, Albany Road and Penarth joined forces to take part in fundraising activities from cake sales to in-store glasses repairs and customer donations to support the charity’s activities, which includes taking thousands children and adults to Lourdes, in the south of France, every year.

HCPT holds annual pilgrimages at Easter and during the summer to Lourdes. The charity was founded in 1956 after its founder, Dr Michael Strode, first visited Lourdes in 1951 where he saw the potential to organise a pilgrimage for disabled children at the school where he was working.

'A fantastic achievement'

Frank Moloney, director of Specsavers stores in Cardiff and Penarth, said: ‘To have raised £1,000 in such a short space of time for HCPT is a fantastic achievement and credit to the commitment of the staff at the stores who got behind this special cause.

‘HCTP’s work is really life-changing for those people from around the UK, and further afield, who are from disadvantaged backgrounds or have disabilities. Travelling abroad isn’t something that every person is lucky enough to experience, but HCPT makes it a reality for thousands of individuals every year.

‘We’re delighted to have supported HCPT for the first time this year and its thanks to our customers and members of the Cardiff and Penarth community who have enabled us to raise such a fantastic sum for an inspirational cause.’ 

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