Specsavers stores based in Kingston upon Thames and Surbiton dedicated the month of December to fundraising for Momentum Children’s Charity, a locally based charity, that provides support services to families whose children have cancer or life-challenging conditions. The fundraising activity reached a highlight on Friday 13 December, national Christmas Jumper Day, when the store directors and teams donned festive outfits to entertain customers and raise additional awareness for the charity.
Children’s charity fundraising
Momentum Children’s Charity was set up in 2004 and provides direct support to around 200 families whose children are undergoing treatment across South West London, Surrey and Sussex. The charity works closely with partner NHS hospitals including Kingston, Epsom, St Peter’s, East Surrey and Croydon.
Day to day services include access to a Family Support Worker who liaises closely with the respective family, often providing access to therapy sessions for the children which include music, play or art. Momentum Children’s Charity also organises trips and outings for parents and carers and offers access to respite family holidays in the UK. To support families through the heartbreak of losing a child, Momentum Echoes was set up to provide on-going support to cope with the loss.
Supporting local causes
Guy Loveday, retail director, said: ‘We are delighted to be supporting Momentum Children’s Charity, who are providing very worthwhile support to children and families throughout the year. We hope the donations raised by our staff during December will brighten up Christmas for children in the area.’
Bianca Effemey, Momentum Children’s Charity Founder and Chief Executive, said: ‘We are delighted to receive the support from the Specsavers stores in Kingston and Surbiton. Their contributions will be invaluable in making a difference to those children and families who are supported by us. We look forward to the continued support of Specsavers in 2020.’