Staff from Musselburgh opticians are getting their running shoes on to kick off National Eye Health Week (19-25 September), raising vital funds in support of Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
A new partnership will not only see Specsavers in Musselburgh raising money for the charity, but will focus on increasing awareness of the importance of regular eye tests in preventing people from needlessly losing their sight.
Wear dots raise lots
Store staff are set to run in the Scottish half marathon and 10K on September 18. In addition, they have organised a variety of in-store fundraising activities including a bake sale, raffle, face painting and photo booth on the weekend of 17 and 18 September.
Graeme Robertson, optometrist director and Damian Kelly, dispensing optician, will run the 10k while Amy Brown, senior optometrist, undertake the gruelling half marathon.
The bake is themed ‘wear dots raise lots’ and will have a polka dot theme, with staff encouraging customers to wear polka-dots when they drop in for the fundraiser.
A word from the store director
Diana Kelly, Specsavers Musselburgh, store director, said: ‘It’s astonishing that so many people are needlessly living with or at risk of sight loss in the UK today. Half of all sight loss cases are preventable – and a simple eye test can be the first step in prevention.
‘Our mission together with RNIB is to transform the nation’s eye health through education, awareness and action; we want to reverse these worrying eye health trends that are putting unnecessary pressure on the health service and placing a massive burden on the public purse.’
Anyone who wishes to sponsor the Specsavers Musselburgh half marathon and 10k team can visit the Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/D-Kelly2