Four colleagues at Specsavers in Newcastle-under-Lyme will be climbing the highest mountain in Britain this summer to raise money for sight loss charity, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

According to research, 560 people live with total blindness, while 3,670 people live with mild to moderate sight loss in Newcastle-under-Lyme alone.

Wendy Watson (clinical manager), Emma Cotterill (contact lens supervisor), Amy Belfield (optometrist) and Michelle Lewis (store manager) are proud to be supporting the cause.

Reaching new heights

In order to raise awareness of eye health and the importance of regular eye tests, the group, which has raised more than 80 per cent of their £2,000 target, will be climbing the 1,345 metres up Ben Nevis on Saturday 18 August.

Michelle, store manager at Specsavers Newcastle-under-Lyme said: ‘Working in eye health, this is a subject we are extremely passionate about, which is why we wanted to work with Royal National Institute of Blind People – a charity providing essential support and services to those with sight loss.

Raising awareness

‘Many people are unaware that eye tests are not only critical for your vision but your wider eye health too. For example, routine eye tests can identify the presence of conditions including glaucoma, which is one of the leading causes of blindness.

‘So many people are affected by sight loss and anything we can do to help those living with this is hugely worthwhile. We are so grateful to those who have already donated and offered their support – it’s very much appreciated.’

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