A humorous booklet about life as an ophthalmologist in Glasgow has helped Specsavers in Milngavie raise £950 for Parkinson’s UK.

Dr John Williamson, father of Specsavers Milngavie store director Caroline Kinsey, worked as a senior consultant ophthalmologist at the Southern General for 40 years.

John retired at the age of 70 and around 12 years on, he decided to put pen to paper to regale people with tales from his time at the hospital in a collection called Aye, Eye and Other Stories.

Dr Williamson was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease – but living with the illness has inspired him to donate the money raised from sales of the book to Parkinson’s UK. Copies of the book were available in Specsavers Milngavie.

Fantastic stories to tell

Dr Williamson says: ‘I’ve been telling the family all of the funny stories for years and for years they’ve been saying that I should gather them all together in a book. Around a year ago I decided to do just that.

‘I worked at the hospital for four decades and I heard so many fantastic stories from so many people. I hope that people are entertained by what they read.

‘I’m very proud to have raised such a fantastic amount of money for charity.’

Charity partnerships

To date, Aye, Eye and Other Stories has sold around 500 copies across Glasgow and beyond and John is investigating opportunities to link up with Parkinson’s UK to tell his own story.

Specsavers Milngavie store director Caroline Kinsey says: ‘My dad is really well known in Milngavie and a lot of people remember him from his days at the hospital.

‘We’ve loved hearing the stories over the years and we’re very proud that he’s now collected them all and decided to raise money for such a worthy cause.’

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