Five-year-old William Markey, who has Cerebral palsy, now sports a pair of specially designed goggles from Specsavers Kenilworth which will prevent him from hurting himself when he falls.

The youngster, who attends St Andrews Church of England Infant School in Coventry, is very active and loves playing football but is prone to falling over. Two recent incidents have seen William injure himself quite badly due to the sharp edges of his glasses. His first fall was at football which resulted in a cut to his head having to be glued together. Two weeks later, he fell again in school resulting in more cuts.

Special sports goggles

‘We encourage William to be as active as possible and he loves playing with his friends,’ said James Markey, William’s dad. ‘His teachers try and get him to slow down but he’s got lots of energy! His Cerebral palsy means he always falls to the same side and the signal doesn’t come from his brain to put his hands out to protect himself. That means he tends to hurt himself more, and then add his specs into the mix and he is now the proud owner of a couple of scars on his face.

‘I got in touch with Specsavers to see if they could help with some sports goggles and they kindly said they could. They’ve been specially made and the wrap-around design will mean no more sharp edges and no more cuts and bruises. He’s worn specs since he was three and with quite a strong prescription, it’s really important he wears them. They’ve been brilliant so far, he’s been wearing them to play football as well as day to day. He's had a couple of falls since he's had them and they've stayed on and he's suffered no injury so they've really made a difference.’

Happy to help

‘When we heard about William, we were only too happy to help,’ said store director at Specsavers Kenilworth, Ambreena Bhatti. ‘It’s great to know that the goggles are making a difference and mean that William can continue to do what he loves without the added danger of hurting himself due to his glasses. 

‘He was great fun when he came into store with his dad, the team really enjoyed meeting him. It’s really important to us that we’re able to have a positive impact on our customers and seeing William’s happy smile when he got his googles was brilliant. When you see you’ve made a difference to someone, it makes the whole team happy too.’

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