The Newport Austin Friars team recently swapped eye tests for a fitness test to raise money in-store for a locally-based mental health charity.

They donned their best fitness gear and took to rowing machines and exercise bikes in-store in aid of Newport Mind, raising £126.79 in generous donations from customers and passers-by.

The charity provides counselling, one-to-one support, activity groups and help with housing for people with mental health issues across the city.

Fitness fundraiser

‘Staying physically fit is said to have a positive effect on people’s mental health, so we thought it made sense to tie in a fitness event for the store with a fundraiser,’ says Clare Baker, team leader of Specsavers Newport and one of the staff members that took part in the event.

‘We had a really enjoyable day. The team all dug in and lent a hand, not just with the fitness activity itself but with decorating the store so that customers understood why we were doing it.’

‘Vital support’

According to Mind, which has a network of around 135 locally-run services, approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. This includes depression, phobia, generalised anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Ms Baker adds: ‘Mind has provided vital support for our community for several decades and we are proud to show our appreciation and support for the work they do in the city.’

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