Locals visiting Specsavers in Market Harborough got more than they bargained for on Saturday 15 July, as a variety of creatures joined members of staff for a charity fun day. 

More than £500 raised

The team played host to a travelling petting zoo at the weekend including rabbits, pigmy goats, lambs and other farm animal favourites, while visitors to the store were also treated to carnival games and animal-themed face painting. 

The event was the store’s latest fundraising fun day in support of Alzheimer’s Research UK, raising more than £500.   

‘I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along at the weekend, and we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did,’ said store director Barry Henning. 'Earlier this year, the team chose Alzheimer’s Research UK as our charity of the year, and we’re delighted to have raised £1,364 so far.

'We’ve had a great response from our local community and we hope that this continues in the coming months.’

Members of staff at the store also joined in with the fun, dressing up in an array of animal costumes, while store manager Tim Brayshaw acted as the Specsavers zoo keeper. 

Fundraising boost

Tim commented: ‘The day was a huge success and we’re so pleased to have significantly boosted our fundraising total. We always aim to bring something a little different to our fundraising days and it was great to see so many people getting involved and enjoying the event.

‘All the money we’ve raised will be put to such good use and we can’t wait to see how much we can raise by the end of the year, so keep an eye out for what we have going on in store.’

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the world’s leading dementia research charity dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. 

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