Throughout National Eye Health Awareness Week 2016, two Monklands opticians pledged to raise funds and awareness in support of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
Specsavers Airdrie and Coatbridge stores both hosted a raffle for designer frames worth £125 and collected donations made from frame repairs carried out during the national awareness week (19-25 September). And, thanks to the contributions from local residents and their team efforts, they reached a fundraising total of £300.
Transforming eye health
‘It’s astonishing that so many people are needlessly living with or at risk of sight loss in the UK today. Half of all sight loss cases are preventable – and a simple eye test can be the first step in prevention’ said Airdrie and Coatbridge store director Andrew McGonagle.
‘Our mission together with RNIB is to transform the nation’s eye health through education, awareness and action; we want to reverse these worrying eye health trends that are putting unnecessary pressure on the health service and placing a massive burden on the public purse.
‘I’d like to thank everyone involved for their time and their generous donations in support of such a great cause’.
Campbell Chalmers, director of RNIB Scotland, is grateful for their efforts: ‘We'd like to thank staff in Specsavers stores throughout the country for the generous support they've given to us. This gives a very welcome boost to our work in helping people with visual impairment, and our work to combat preventable sight loss, not least by urging people to have regular eye examinations at their local optometrist. We are looking forward to working together with Specsavers in the future.’