Opticians raise funds for blind charity
The St Austell store has been challenged to raise funds for the Cornwall Blind Association.
Cornwall Blind Association
Specsavers is selling books and Cornwall Blind Association soft toys, hosting a guess who’s who competition and offering glasses repairs in exchange for donations to the charity.
The store has been given £50 by Cornwall Blind Association and is challenged to raise as much money from it by whatever means possible.
The money they raise will be used to fund the charity’s befriending project, where volunteers visit visually impaired people to assist with tasks such as reading, going for a walk or shopping.
Eric Barkhuysen, store director of Specsavers in St Austell, says: ‘It is a privilege to raise money for Cornwall Blind Association. We see the amazing work they do on a daily basis for blind and partially sighted people in Cornwall, so we’re very pleased that we can do our bit to help.’
Verity Barker, fundraising officer at Cornwall Blind Association, says: ‘We are delighted that Specsavers in St Austell is getting involved in fundraising in aid of our charity. Their efforts will really make a difference to people with visual impairment across the county.’
The Cornwall Blind Association was founded in 1856 and is the oldest active charity in the county. It offers support and advice to improve the lives of visually impaired people in Cornwall who are coping with the devastation of sight loss. Last year they helped over 5,000 people in Cornwall with both practical and emotional support.