A Specsavers Dispensing Optician from Leven is taking to the skies to raise money to support people with sight loss.

Morag Paterson, 46, is joining other Specsavers colleagues on 23 September to skydive out of a plane in a bid to raise money for sight loss charity partners, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

The thrill of a lifetime will mark the beginning of National Eye Health Week (24-30 September), during which Specsavers and RNIB ramp up their efforts in raising awareness of the importance of eye tests. This year, which marks the charity’s 150th anniversary, the partnership is specifically urging Britain’s ageing workforce to keep on top of its eye health.

Store and family support

The Specsavers store and Morag’s colleagues will also be supporting her efforts in the run-up to the event with a collection tin in store for customers willing to donate to the cause.

Morag said: ‘I decided to take part in the Big Jump as my mum has macular degeneration and is partially sighted. Her vision is gradually getting worse due to a cataract too but RNIB have been a great support to her and our family.

‘I’ve been overwhelmed with the donations and encouragement from family and friends so far. I’m really looking forward to it and I hope to raise a fantastic sum for this very worthy cause.’

The Specsavers Big Jump is taking place at St Andrews on Sunday 23 September.

Make a donation to RNIB online here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/morag-paterson2.

Specsavers joined forces with RNIB in 2016 to raise awareness of the importance of getting your eyes tested. Experts recommend people should get their eyes checked every two years.

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