To celebrate National Eye Health Week, which ran from Monday 24th – Sunday 30th this year, the Hemel Hempstead team donned their 40s finest, for a fundraising tea party in-store.

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 from the RNIB show that there are 20,938 Brits over the age of 65 working in Hertfordshire, with many more expected to be in employment by 2030, as people continue to live longer and healthier lives.

There are also already 36,040 people living with sight loss conditions in the area and figures show this is a number which is expected to climb.

A feast for the eyes

To raise awareness of the importance of eye health, and raise funds for the RNIB, the Sidcup team held a 1940s style tea party. Staff members dressed in vintage attire for the tea party and took donations in a charity tin in exchange for home-made delicious cakes.

A word from the director

Shane Bhimani, store director at Hemel Hempstead, says of National Eye Health Week:

‘It’s worrying to find out how many residents in Hertfordshire are living with sight loss conditions. But the aim of National Eye Health Week is bring light to this and encourage more people to think seriously about their eyesight. Remember that you should be making an appointment with your optometrist once every two years – if you’re overview for an eye test, please do pop in and see us!

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