Staff at Specsavers Kidderminster transformed the store into a beach oasis to raise money for the CATS foundation (Cure and Action for Tay-Sachs).

The team brought sunshine to the store wearing summer attire, serving non-alcoholic fruity cocktails and selling cupcakes to customers for donations. 

Timothy Reeves, store director, explained why they chose charity CATS: ‘We have only recently chosen our local charity CATS, they are outstanding in research and provides optimum support for sufferers and their family and friends. 

‘One of our long standing customers, Nikki Backus, came along to our beach themed day as her daughter Ruby tragically died from Sandhoff disease. She brought along Sam, Ruby’s twin, who was decked out in summer clothing and indulged his sweet tooth in the cupcakes that were available. We raised £56.34 on the day so a great effort to all those who contributed. This brings the total to £168.34 since the start of fundraising in May.’ 

The CATS foundation was established in June 2011 and supports families affected by Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease. Sandhoff disease is a progressive neurological genetic disorder that results in the deterioration of mental and physical abilities of the child and premature death. 

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