In 2016, thanks to the generosity of its staff and customers, Specsavers in Berwick raised £3,600 for a mix of local, national and international charities.

Staff at the optician raised £1,900 for two charities by holding an in-store spinathon, where 28 staff took turns to cycle non-stop for three hours.

As customers cheered them on they donated generously and the £1,900 was split between Hospice Care North Northumberland and Action on Hearing Loss.

VAO support

This success spurred on one member of the team to raise money for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) which trains optometrists in developing countries. Fiona Scott, manager at the store, has so far raised £1,700 for the charity by tackling another cycling based challenge; she cycled an arduous and hilly 120 mile route from the source of River Tweed in Moffat back to Berwick in just two days.

Fiona will continue to raise money to support VAO’s work by running the London Marathon later this month.

Collecting glasses

In addition to donating money, customers also collected over 500 pairs of glasses for VAO. When customers bring their old specs to store they are recycled and the reusable material sold to raise funds to train optometrists in developing countries.

Craig Bell, store director, said: ‘The fantastic result we achieved strongly demonstrates how much our store is a part of the Berwick community and knowing our efforts help people locally, across the UK and across the world is very heartening indeed.

‘We’d like to say thank you to each and every person who contributed towards our £3,600 total and hope we can beat that this year.’

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