Specsavers in Hitchin has raised more than £80 for charity after hosting an in-store event for Wear A Hat Day last month.

Staff turned up to work dressed in a variety of weird and wonderful hats and hosted a cake sale for hungry customers during a fun day held on 29 March. The activity led to the team raising a total of £81.73, which will be donated to Brain Tumour Research.

Anis Mawani, store director at Specsavers Hitchin, said: ‘The whole team really got into the spirit of Wear A Hat Day this year and we had a lot fun during the event. We would like to thank all our customers who supported us and donated on the day.’

Health check

Specsavers Hitchin joined stores nationwide to officially sponsor Brain Tumour Research for the first time and help raise awareness that routine eye tests can detect signs of brain tumours.

Anis added: ‘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 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.’

Important donations

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

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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