The team at Specsavers in Exmouth have doffed their caps to customers who helped them raise hundreds of pounds in aid of Brain Tumour Research during the charity’s Wear A Hat Day on 29 March.

Exmouth Specsavers joined stores nationwide to officially sponsor the charity and help raise awareness that routine eye tests can detect signs of brain tumours. The day had particular significance to staff at the town’s Exeter Road Specsavers branch, who lost a team member to a brain tumour.

A massive thank you

Ria Heskins, store director at Exmouth, said: ‘We would like to thank everyone who bought a cake and donated to support this cause. Many people are unaware that eye tests are not only critical for your eyes, but your wider health too. A routine test allows opticians to detect serious issues that can be both sight and, in some cases, life threatening – including brain tumours.

‘We use sophisticated technology to help alert us to more serious health issues. This includes optical coherence tomography – which uses light waves to create a detailed 3D picture of the retina digital retinal photography, which takes a detailed image of the back of the eye – the only part of the body where the circulation of blood can be directly observed. Images can be compared on future visits to keep a watchful eye on a patient’s health.’

Wear A Hat Day has raised over £1million since it was launched by the charity Brain Tumour Research nine years ago.

Baking success

Ria Heskins continued: ‘Myself and ophthalmic manager Kim spent many an hour baking for our store cake sale and we are delighted that sales from this, and from donations for repairing glasses, means we have managed to raise over £200. This has been a fun way to raise awareness of a very serious issue.’

Ria added: ‘Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.’

Funds raised on Wear A Hat Day will be used to build a network of experts in world-class, sustainable brain tumour research in Centres of Excellence across the UK.

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