Specsavers in Nailsea has come to the rescue of seven-year-old Chase Brown who was told he couldn’t play for his local football team because he wore glasses.

Chase has worn specs since the age of three and been playing for Milton Nomads JFC since July. However, back in October, a welfare officer said playing in glasses contravened safety regulations and that if he wanted to continue playing would need to wear special sports goggles, which cost £125, or the team would be fined.

Unfortunately, after paying for his registration fee and kit, Chase’s mother Danielle Hesketh was unable to afford the goggles so had to tell Chase that he could no longer play but then the store stepped in to help.

‘We heard about Chase’s story and immediately wanted to help,’ said store director Nic Johns. ‘It seemed such a shame that he wasn’t going to be able to play just because he didn’t have the goggles so we’ve given him a pair free of charge.’

‘I’m extremely grateful to Specsavers for giving Chase the goggles,’ said Danielle. ‘He was so disappointed when I told him he wouldn’t be able to play anymore. We took him to Milton Nomads because that’s where all his friends from school play and he’s loved every minute of it so to think he might not have been able to carry on was quite upsetting. He had a huge smile on his face when I told him!’    

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