The team at Specsavers in Bideford have doffed their caps to customers who helped them raise funds in aid of Brain Tumour Research during the charity’s Wear A Hat Day on 29 March. Bideford Specsavers joined stores nationwide to officially sponsor the charity and help raise awareness that routine eye tests can detect signs of brain tumours.

A word from the store director

Jerry Shrubb, store director at Bideford, said: ‘We would like to thank everyone who donated to support this cause. 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.

Jerry continued: ‘We use sophisticated technology to help alert us to more serious health issues. This includes optical coherence tomography – which uses light waves to create a detailed 3D picture of the retina 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.’

Important research

Wear A Hat Day has raised over £1million since it was launched by the charity Brain Tumour Research nine years ago and funds raised this year 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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