The Brecon team are thanking is residents for helping them raise more than £170 for Arosfa, a local day centre that cares for the elderly.

Five-foot-tall prize

To raise the funds, the team at Specsavers on High Street asked its customers and passers-by to guess the name of a five-foot-tall teddy bear in exchange for a £1 donation.

In total, the store raised £172, which was donated to Arosfa day centre based on Camden Road. The centre, which provides a host of services for Brecon’s older and more vulnerable residents, will now be able to put the money towards its running costs.

Marla Davies-Kondal, aged two, was the lucky winner of the life-sized teddy bear after correctly guessing the name Honey. She returned to the store with her family to pick up the cuddly prize.

Closure risk

Hannah Shepherd, store manager at the store, says: ‘Last year, we heard Arosfa was at risk of being closed due to a lack of funding, which we were obviously very concerned about. The centre provides a vital service to members of our community; we know this firsthand, as many of our customers use it. It is, very sadly, sometimes the only time when they leave their homes.

‘Thank you to everyone who made a contribution. We are always moved by the generosity and kindness our community shows to support a positive cause.

‘Honey was a lovely temporary addition to the team but we were delighted to see how happy Marla was to take her new friend home, who was more than double her size!’

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