Staff at Specsavers in Barrhead raised £25 for the anti-bullying charity Kidscape by encouraging members of staff to dress in spooky attire and make a donation for the privilege.

Supporting Kidscape

Gail Thompson, director of Specsavers Barrhead, said: ‘All our staff made a great effort to dress up in support of Kidscape. We all had a fantastic day and are proud to contribute to Specsavers fundraising total for the charity.’

Specsavers is a long-term supporter of Kidscape and this year raised £80,000 for the charity through its Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition. For each entry to the competition, £1 was donated to Kidscape. In addition proceeds from charity auctions and raffles and other store-based fund-raising initiatives, including Barrhead’s fancy dress down day, contributed to the total.

New Kidscape helpline

Kidscape will be using the funds to help launch a new helpline for vulnerable children and their families in early 2016. Staffed by trained counsellors, the helpline will offer support to families affected by bullying.

Callers will be able to receive guidance and advice via phone and email to help them combat the negative effects of bullying and direct them to other sources of support specific to their child’s situation.

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