Store staff at Specsavers Magherafelt organised a ‘hattastic’ day raising cash and awareness of charity Brain Tumour Research as part of Wear a Hat Day held on 29 March 2018.

The team joined Specsavers staff locally and UK wide to officially sponsor the charity for the first time and highlight the fact that routine eye tests can detect signs of brain tumours.

Eye tests important for wider health

Brian O’Kane, store director said: ‘Many people are unaware that eye tests are not only critical for your eyes, but your wider health too. A routine test allows opticians to detect serious issues that can be both sight and, in some cases, life threatening – including brain tumours.

‘We use sophisticated technology to help alert us to more serious health issues. This includes digital retinal photography, which takes a detailed image of the back of the eye – the only part of the body where the circulation of blood can be directly observed. Images can be compared on future visits to keep a watchful eye on a patient’s health.’

Popular fund-raising day

‘Our fundraising day was popular with customers and was a great fun way to raise awareness of a very serious issue and to help Brain Tumour Research continue with its invaluable research.’

Funds raised on Wear A Hat Day will be used to build a network of experts in world-class, sustainable brain tumour research in Centres of Excellence across the UK.

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