To coincide with National Eye Health Week, which ran from Monday 24th – Sunday 30th this year, Croydon North End, Church Street and Purley stores joined forces to fundraise for the RNIB.
About National Eye Health Week
National Eye Health Week is a yearly awareness campaign to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.
This year, the focus was on Britain’s aging population and the number of 65s still working.
Official figures show that there are 7032 Brits over the age of 65 working in Croydon, with many more expected to be in employment by 2030, as people continue to live longer and healthier lives.
There are also 9,420 people living with sight loss conditions in Bromley and figures show this is a number which is expected to climb.
How the teams fundraised
The three Croydon Specsavers stores took it in turns to host fundraising days for the RNIB. Activities included cake sales, with home-made goods brought in by team members, a raffle, and tombolas in store, with the chance to win prizes donated by local businesses. The teams also continued fundraising using RNIB collection tins. Over £300 was raised in total – a fantastic effort by the teams!
In addition to fundraising, the teams also recently trained up RNIB Ambassadors in store, to ensure that whoever a customer first sees in-store is sympathetic to their eye care needs.
A word from the director
Croydon store director Bill Pennell says he is proud of his teams for the efforts they went to for National Eye Health Week.
‘The figures the RNIB released for National Eye Health Week are scary, but the good thing is, many age related sight conditions are preventable. We are really encouraging as many people as possible to prioritise their eye health and I hope this fundraiser brought some more attention to the cause!’