The Arbroath opticians has raised more than £3,300 for charities and good causes in the past year. Specsavers in Arbroath has smashed its fundraising total from the previous year by more than £1,000.

Smashing charity fundraising

The store held a number of charity events in 2016, with proceeds donated to charities including Arbroath Royal British Legion, Macmillan Cancer Support, Guide Dogs Scotland, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

In partnership with its sister store in Dundee, it also donated £2,000 to the spectacular Festival of Heroes event which took place in June, helping to make it possible for The Red Arrows Display Team to perform an aerobatic display.

Jamie Buchan, store director at Specsavers in Arbroath, said: ‘We are thrilled we have raised even more than we did in 2015 for a wide variety of local causes.

‘We continually look for ways to support the community throughout the year. Most recently, we held a series of fundraisers for Cystic Fibrosis Trust, raising £310 for the charity.

‘We also acted as the drop off point for the Angus Spirit of Christmas and donated 150 selection boxes to its appeal for gifts for disadvantaged children across the region.’

Supporting vital causes and the local community

The opticians also held a ‘denim for dogs’ fundraiser in support of Guide Dogs Scotland in July. It was visited by representatives and special canine guests from the charity and staff donned denim in return for a donation, raising more than £130.

Staff at the store kicked off last year by visiting Timmergreens Primary School and Ladyloan Primary School to donate 340 high visibility vests for the schools’ walking bus service.

Jamie added: ‘We set the bar really high last year but I’m confident 2017 will see us support many more deserving local charities and organisations.'

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