The promise of a guilt-free cream tea has helped the Specsavers team in Monmouth raise more than £70 for children with life-limited illnesses and their families.

Local donations

Customers donated in their droves to try to secure the winning raffle prize of a cream tea for two, generously donated by local Monmouth coffee shop, the White Swan.

Customers of the Monnow Street Specsavers store needed little encouragement from staff to donate £1 in exchange for a raffle ticket, knowing they were contributing to the work of South Wales’ children’s hospice Tŷ Hafan.

The owner of the White Swan volunteered the prize after discovering the opticians had previously raised money for Tŷ Hafan, including face-painting events and fitness activities. The team raised £72 for the charity through the raffle, as well as in-store collection buckets.

Extending thanks

Emily-Anne Frost, store director at Monmouth, said: ‘As a community-focused store, charitable drives benefiting local people are important to us. We were delighted that another local business felt they could approach us with a fundraising idea, and our team was determined to get make a success of it.

‘I would like to extend my thanks to the White Swan, as well as our generous customers, who helped raise more than £70 for a charity that does so much good for families in Wales.’

Since its creation in 1999, Tŷ Hafan has provided support for 720 children (699 families) across Wales, of which 247 children are currently receiving help from the charity.

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