Falkirk opticians at Specsavers have donated £500 to Denny-based Strathcarron Hospice following a fundraising drive. The hospice offers specialist palliative care services across Forth Valley and Lanarkshire, as well as home visits, a day hospice and short stays for those with serious incurable or terminal illnesses ranging from cancer, heart conditions and neurological diseases.

The £500 was raised through a pledge to donate £1 for every eye examination carried out over a fortnight. The store carried out a total of 484 eye tests and rounded the total to an even £500.

A worthy local cause
Jonathan Cawley, director in Falkirk, said: 'I’m very pleased to donate such a fantastic amount to Strathcarron Hospice. As part of the community, we feel it is very important to give back to the local area.

‘I’d like to thank all our customers who visited the store for an eye test during our fundraising period.’

The hospice is only part-funded by the NHS and needs to raise almost £75,000 every week to continue giving the free care relied upon by so many in the community. Eye tests are free in Scotland on the NHS.

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