Opticians across Hertfordshire raised almost £4000 for the charity, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), following a week-long fundraising drive.

Fourteen county Specsavers practices joined together and donated £1 for every eye test conducted during National Eye Health Week to the charity, which supports people affected by sight loss.

Stores also went the extra mile, hosting everything from a blindfolded sponsored walk to bake sales and a dress down day. 

The initiatives followed the publication of a report by RNIB and Specsavers which showed that one in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime despite at least half of all cases being avoidable.

A word from Specsavers

Daniel Harris, regional chairperson for Specsavers practices in Hertfordshire, said: ‘Our survey showed that sight was the sense that people feared losing most. However, 25% of people are not having an eye test every two years as recommended by the College of Optometrists.

‘And in the knowledge that at least half of all cases of sight loss are avoidable, we were spurred on to renew our call to Hertfordshire residents to make time for regular eye tests. An eye test not only monitors changes in your vision, but is an important health check too.

‘We are happy to have shone a light on this important subject during National Eye Health Week and to have raised £3959.23 across 14 participating practices in support of RNIB’s vital work in the process.’

More about the county’s fundraising stars

Specsavers practices in Barnet, Bletchley, Chesham, Crouch End, Dunstable, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Leighton Buzzard, Muswell Hill, Rickmansworth, Tring, Waltham Cross and Watford all participated in the fundraising drive.

Their fundraising totals were:

  • Barnet £143
  • Bletchley £196
  • Chesham £121
  • Crouch End £153
  • Dunstable £671
  • Hatfield £125
  • Hemel Hempstead £716.23
  • Hoddesdon £212
  • Leighton Buzzard £343
  • Muswell Hill £195
  • Rickmansworth £129
  • Tring £185
  • Waltham Cross £241
  • Watford £529

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