Visitors to Specsavers in Hucknall were transported back to 50s nostalgia last week with a fundraising tea party event for the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) to mark National Eye Health Week (24-30 September).

Vintage team party

The team at the store raised more than £170 on Friday 28 September at their vintage tea party. Staff dressed in their finest polka dots and florals to offer tea and homemade cakes to visitors in return for a donation to the charity. As well as baking up a storm, they provided free specs ‘MOT’s (cleaning and adjustments) and donated items for a tombola in store. Specsavers staff also manned a market stall outside the store in the High Street, complete with bunting, sweet treats and 50s music. 

To boost their fundraising total from the event, the store donated £1 from every sight test performed during National Eye Health Week.

‘We’re delighted to have raised £173.50 for the RNIB at our vintage tea party,’ said store director, Janet Archer. ‘It was a fantastic day and we were overwhelmed by the support of our local community.

Importance of eye health

‘Eye health is so often overlooked in day-to-day life, and we’re hoping that by marking National Eye Health Week, we have highlighted the importance of eye tests in stopping eye conditions before they become sight-threatening,’ added Janet.

‘Research shows there are already 375,660 people with preventable sight loss conditions of AMD, cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy in the East Midlands and this is expected to climb. As a result, we’ve invested significantly in Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – hospital-grade eye testing scanners - and staff training to tackle the growing problem in our area.’

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