Specsavers staff at Queen Street, Cardiff have raised more than £800 for the ‘Rally for Romeo’ appeal to support a local toddler who tragically lost both of his legs after contracting Purpura Fulminans - an acute thrombotic disorder.

The team held cake sales, a frames MOT weekend event and sold ‘Rally for Romeo’ wristbands, raising £853 for the cause.

Fundraising appeal

The ‘Rally for Romeo’ appeal was established after three-year-old toddler, Romeo Hadley, was suddenly taken critically ill in January. Romeo was diagnosed with Purpura Fulminans and needed a double amputation to his legs and has gone on to have a total of 15 operations.

The funding page set up to support Romeo and his family has raised more than £64,000 to date.

The money donated from Specsavers will help the Hadley family pay towards important support facilities such as a wheelchair and prosthetic limbs for Romeo.

‘Delighted to welcome Romeo and his family to our store’

Frank Moloney, director at Specsavers Cardiff, said: ‘Rally for Romeo is a fantastic appeal and one that we were very eager to get behind. Our shop floor manager is a close friend of the Hadley family and after learning about the tragic experiences of Romeo and his family, staff at the store wanted to do their best to lend their support.

‘We were delighted to welcome Romeo and his family to our store so that we could give them our donation. To have raised more than £800 in such a short space of time is a fantastic achievement and credit to the commitment of the staff and customers who supported this special cause.’

Katie Hadley, Romeo's mum, said: ‘We are so grateful for the support shown by Cardiff Specsavers. The support has been overwhelming and we cannot thank them enough.’

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