The store in Llandudno has celebrated with local nurses Pat Thomas and Heulwen Haynes after helping them to raise more than £5,890 for the Stanley Eye Unit at Abergele Hospital.

Pat, 58, and Heulwen, 56, both staff nurses at the Eye Unit, ran the London Marathon this year to raise funds for local charity Eyesight, which supports the work of the unit, funding essential equipment and training courses for staff.

The Stanley Eye Unit deals with around 40,000 scheduled appointments and 6,000 surgical procedures plus casualties a year and relies upon fundraising to ensure the best quality care for patients.

Going the distance

Pat had never run a marathon before and only started running three years ago starting with the Cardiff Half Marathon. She said:

‘I approached Specsavers for their support and was bowled over when they pledged £500 – a huge boost to our fundraising target. The store works closely with the unit referring customers regularly when signs of suspected conditions are spotted during eye tests so they were keen to be involved.’

Eyes on the prize

Pat and Heulwen received a huge amount of support for their marathon mission from friends, family, colleagues and the local community helping them to raise an incredible £5,893.91 to date.

Lynne McKean, the store in Llandudno’s Victoria Centre, said the store jumped at the chance to support the plucky pair.

‘The Stanley Eye Unit is a fantastic resource providing patients with much-needed care and facilities, so we wanted to show our support with this donation. Congratulations from the whole Specsavers team to Pat and Heulwen on their remarkable achievement.’ 

Arthur Airey from charity Eyesight said: ‘We’re very grateful to Pat and Heulwen for their incredible effort and donation to the unit. They’re superb ambassadors for us and have done the whole team proud.’


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