Staff at Specsavers opticians in Cumbernauld raised more than £1,000 for charity following a week-long appeal in store.

The kind-hearted opticians coordinated a fundraising blitz in aid of a young patient who is currently battling leukaemia. Six-year-old Alisha Whyteside, from Cumbernauld, inspired staff while visiting the store for her routine eye examination.

Following Alisha’s visit, the team decided to host a week-long appeal for a charity of her choice – CLIC Sargent. Alisha – who is currently receiving treatment at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital – prompted staff to arrange a series of events in store including a ‘guess how many sweets in the jar’ competition, face painting, cycling challenges and raffles with prizes donated by local businesses.

Prizes included a shave and haircut from Guys Barbers in Cumbernauld town centre, a meal voucher for Milanos restaurant, a spray tan voucher from Siobhan Kerr at Diamond Beauty and a Shellac voucher from Diane Mcmahon at Forever Glam & Beauty among others.

Peppa joins the party

Peppa Pig recently visited the store. She was a firm favourite among the kids, particularly Alisha who was delighted to meet her animated friend in real life.

Antonia McNeill, store director at Specsavers Cumbernauld, said: ‘Alisha is a very special little girl and we are delighted to have raised money for such a worthy cause.

‘We had lots of very generous people in the store throughout the week enabling us to fill up our collection tins and donate a brilliant amount of money to CLIC Sargent.’

All Cumbernauld store information