Staff at the Specsavers store on Cardiff Queen Street are celebrating after raising more than £4,300 for charity in just one year.

The total amount donated was more than double the £2,000 raised in 2014, seeing £4,378 given to 10 charities, including Guide Dogs, Poppy Appeal, Wales Deaf Rugby Union and Velindre Cancer Centre.

‘Rally for Romeo’ appeal

Staff members also raised £853 for the Rally for Romeo appeal, which was set up after a local toddler, Romeo Hadley, was suddenly taken critically ill and diagnosed with Purpura Fulminans.

Following his diagnosis, he has had a double amputation to his legs and needed a series of operations. Specsavers got behind the appeal by holding a frames MOT weekend event and selling Rally for Romeo wristbands.

The store also supported HCPT, an organisation that provides specialist pilgrimage holidays for disabled or disadvantaged people, by hosting a range of in-store events, raising more than £1,000.

Educating local pupils

In addition to its fundraising activity, staff of the store also visited 11 local schools to promote the importance of eye health to children of primary school age, and it has hosted six school students for week-long work experience placements.

James Deavall, director of Specsavers in Cardiff, said: ‘Outreach and community work is a key priority for us at Specsavers and we’re delighted to have supported so many inspiring organisations in the last year.

‘Once again, the team have worked incredibly hard to raise an impressive £4,378 by going above and beyond their day-to-day responsibilities to drive support for both local and national charities.

‘I’d like to thank those who have donated to our campaign work and look forward to seeing if we can build on our achievements again this coming year.’

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