A local children’s football team benefitted from the fundraising efforts of Specsavers in Hucknall at a football-themed event on the high street, which raised £200.

The team at Specsavers held the event, inviting the eight-strong team of Hucknall Warriors Under 8s into store with their coach and parents to show off their skills and talk to visitors about their team.

Customers and passers-by tested out their own football talents in a competition to kick Specsavers-branded balls into a net in return for a small donation to the cause. For every goal scored, visitors won the ball as a prize.

All proceeds went to the football team, which relies on donations to fund its equipment and matches.

A word from the store director

‘The team is hoping to compete in a tournament in May and really needed to raise enough money for the entry fee,’ explained Hucknall store director, Janet Archer. ‘We have pledged to support the team for the year, and really wanted to do something to help them realise this dream.

'Our customers always dig deep to help us raise funds, and we definitely weren’t disappointed by the generosity of the local community on the day. It’s a pleasure to support these young footballers to do something they love.

'It’s also really important that we raise awareness of the importance of good eye health for children – something that is often overlooked but can have far-reaching consequences. We want to push out the message that every child should have had an eye test by the time they reach the age of our football team. It’s easy to remember; eight’s too late!’

Support pledge

The Specsavers store has pledged to support the Hucknall Warriors Under 8s for the year, kicking off their support in October by presenting the team with winter fleeces, complete with the Specsavers logo.

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