Generous colleagues and customers in Leith have raised £162.25 for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Throughout National Eye Health Awareness Week 2016 (19 to 25 September) into December, Specsavers in Leith collected donations from kind staff and customers in-store.

The fundraising was part of a wider pledge by Specsavers’ 700 plus stores across the UK – including 65 across Scotland – to collectively raise significant essential funds to assist RNIB’s vital work.

Campbell Chalmers, director of RNIB Scotland, said: ‘We'd like to thank staff in Specsavers stores throughout the country for the generous support they've given to us.

‘This gives a very welcome boost to our work in helping people with visual impairment, and our work to combat preventable sight loss, not least by urging people to have regular eye examinations at their local optometrist.'

A word from the store director

Madelene Knowles, store director, said: ‘We were very proud to be involved in fundraising for the RNIB and we’re thrilled with the amount we raised.

‘It’s astonishing that so many people are needlessly living with or at risk of sight loss in the UK today. Half of all sight loss cases are preventable – and a simple eye test can be the first step in prevention.'

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