Specsavers in Bridgnorth presented local hero, Dana Power (aka Puff the dragon), with a £187.44 cheque for Cameron’s Fund appeal, with all proceeds going to Asthma UK.
Dana, from Bridgnorth, is renowned for running marathons as the mascot for Asthma UK wearing a 15-kilo dragon costume. To support Dana’s efforts to run the London Marathon in April, Specsavers in Bridgnorth spent the week fundraising.
The store on Bridgnorth’s High Street spent the week donating £1 from every sight test and offered specs MOTs (cleaning and adjustments) in return for charitable donations.
A word from the store director
Dana regularly visits Specsavers in Bridgnorth to collect specs and raise awareness about his upcoming fundraising activities. ‘It’s a pleasure to raise funds for a local cause that is close to our hearts,’ said Teresa Hughes, store director at Specsavers Bridgnorth.
‘We would like to say a big thank you to our community for getting behind us once again and we wish Dana the very best of luck in the London Marathon this year.’
This will be Dana’s eighth London Marathon, five of which he has run wearing his dragon costume. So far, Dana has raised £35,000 with most of the money going to Cameron's Fund and Asthma UK and he is also now the star of a children’s book called The Marvellous Marathon Dragon.
Cameron’s Fund was set up 10 years ago in memory of Camron Brown, a local boy who passed away from his first asthma attack at the age of two. Cameron’s parents set up the charity appeal as a legacy for their son and have raised more than £50,000 for Asthma UK.
Founded in 1927, Asthma UK is a membership-based charity and is the UK’s leading asthma research charity. They support research to help understand the causes of asthma, reduce asthma attacks, find new treatments for severe asthma, turn discoveries in the lab into new treatments and ultimately find a cure.