The team at Specsavers Ballymena has raised valuable funds during a Wear A Hat Day event for Brain Tumour Research.

The local store joined Specsavers nationwide to officially sponsor the charity for the first time and help raise awareness that routine eye tests can detect signs of brain tumours.

Detecting serious issues

Valerie Penney, store director at Ballymena said: 'Many people are unaware that eye tests are not only critical for your eyes, but your wider health too. A routine test allows opticians to detect serious issues that can be both sight and, in some cases, life threatening – including brain tumours.

Digital retinal photography

'We use sophisticated technology to help alert us to more serious health issues. This includes digital retinal photography, which takes a detailed image of the back of the eye – the only part of the body where the circulation of blood can be directly observed. Images can be compared on future visits to keep a watchful eye on a patient’s health.'

Raising awareness

Valerie Penney continues: 'This was a fun way to raise awareness of a very serious issue and to raise much needed funds at the same time. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.'

Raised over a million

Wear A Hat Day has raised over £1 million since it was launched by the charity Brain Tumour Research nine years ago. Funds raised by Wear A Hat Day will be used to build a network of experts in world-class, sustainable brain tumour research in Centres of Excellence across the UK.

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