Specsavers staff at Queen Street, Cardiff are pledging their support to help raise funds for a local toddler who tragically lost both of his legs after contracting Purpura Fulminans – an acute thrombotic disorder.

Throughout the month of April staff will actively fundraise for the ‘Rally for Romeo’ appeal, a fund that was established after the three-year-old toddler, Romeo Hadley, was suddenly taken critically ill in January.

Rally for Romeo

Specsavers on Queen Street is joining the Cardiff Devils and other local businesses to help raise money for the appeal that will help the Hadley family pay towards a wheelchair and prosthetic limbs for Romeo.

Staff at Specsavers have already pledged to donate £300 in sponsorship to Annie Kelleher, a member of the ‘Rally for Romeo’ team, as she attempts the Swansea half marathon in June.

In addition, the store is collecting donations by selling ‘Rally for Romeo’ wrist bands and asking customers to donate to its fund for any glasses or frame repairs carried out at the store during April.

Three male staff members have also agreed to have their legs waxed at the end of the fundraising month in return for donations to the fund.

Encouraging donations

Frank Moloney, director said: ‘Rally for Romeo is a fantastic appeal and one that we are very eager to get behind. Our team retail manager is a close friend of the Hadley family and after learning about the horrendous experiences of Romeo and his family, staff at the store are keen to do as much as we can to show our support.

‘Throughout April we’ll be encouraging customers who come into the store to donate whatever they can to this humbling appeal.’

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