The team in Newport has raised £62 for a children’s charity by donning a variety of colourful wigs and hats, encouraging donations from locals.

Encouraging support

Staff at Austin Friars wore everything from hard hats to fluffy cowboy hats as they raised awareness for Cerebra, a Carmarthen-based charity that supports children suffering from neurological conditions, such as Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy. Customers were also encouraged to provide a small donation in return for lens sprays, Specsavers-branded umbrellas and other small items.

As well as offering support services for children with brain conditions, and their families, the charity also develops bespoke items at its innovation centre in Swansea. This includes wheelchairs and buggies, specially designed for children based on their condition.

Raising money for a serious cause

Clare Baker, team leader at Specsavers Newport, says: ‘Our team were really happy to look a bit silly for a day in order to raise money for a serious cause. It was a small gesture but one that resonated with our customers, who kindly dug deep and donated to Cerebra.

‘We’re already looking forward to our next charity activity, which will no doubt be even ‘wackier’ than this was!’

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