The local opticians has raised more than £800 for charities and good causes in the past year.

Specsavers in Kirkintilloch held a number of fundraising events in 2016, with proceeds donated to Age Scotland, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and The Phelophepa Train of Hope.

Volunteering time and expertise

Staff raised over £700 by completing a sponsored cycle from the Cowgate store to The Kelpies in Falkirk and back in aid of The Phelophepa Train of Hope.

The charity operates two unique trains which serve as mobile healthcare hospitals, bringing much-needed medical and educational services to impoverished rural areas of South Africa.

The money raised contributed towards the cost of sending two members of staff to South Africa to volunteer aboard one of the trains for two weeks each.

Neil Drain, store director of Specsavers in Kirkintilloch, said: ‘Travelling to South Africa was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for two of our members of staff.

‘We are extremely proud of them for volunteering their time to help those in need.

‘We are delighted to have supported several charities last year and are looking forward to raising funds and awareness for more great causes this year.’

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