Sweet success for Widnes charity fundraising
The team in Widnes Specsavers is celebrating excellent results from its recent charity work, after raising nearly £200 for MacMillan Cancer Care and topping up its Vision Aid Overseas cash collection with the help of a local school.
They all put their best bakes forward, inviting customers and staff members to judge their selection of fairy cakes, muffins and other treats for a MacMillan Bake Sale.
The fundraising day was a sweet success, as customers and staff members raised an impressive £187.21 while enjoying the cakes.
One week later, on October 13, a group of children from Ashley High School in Widnes brought approximately 50 pairs of glasses to the store to donate to Vision Aid Overseas, a charity which Specsavers supports that is transforming eye care in developing countries.
The charity became a passion project of the school after Year 8 pupils presented an assembly which told the rest of the school about the importance of reaching out and helping those in less fortunate situations. The entire school rallied behind the cause, with teachers and parents helping collect old reading glasses to donate.
Ashley High School teacher Fiona Lawrenson was incredibly proud of her students, saying: ‘Ensuring that our pupils grow up to be socially and globally conscious people has always been a big part of teaching at Ashley High School.
‘When our year eight pupils heard about the amazing work being done by Vision Aid Overseas, they were determined to do as much as they could to help out. It’s been overwhelming to see how much our students want to help those in developing countries, and I’m certain that this donation to Specsavers will be the first of many.’
Store director Angela Perls was very impressed with the good work of both her team and the students: ‘Our MacMillan Bake Sale was a great day for everyone involved. It was fun to see what everyone brought to the table, and our customers have already said they can’t wait for the next one!’
‘And I was really pleased to see the contribution from the Ashley High School students for our Vision Aid Overseas collection. Specsavers has been a proud partner of the charity for years, so to see the younger generation really get behind their message of providing eye care to those who don’t have easy access to it.
‘We collect for Vision Aid Overseas all year, so we’re excited to see the students returning in the future, and encourage anyone with old glasses to bring them in store as we can donate those too.’