Specsavers Newry has raised £600 for the Brain Injury Foundation, a support group for brain injury survivors and their families and carers. The money was raised from a quiz held by the store and a staff tuckshop.

The Brain Injury Foundation is a registered charity led and managed on a voluntary basis by carers and brain injury survivors. It operates from Northern Ireland's only community owned and managed centre of excellence for acquired brain injury at Camlough, just outside Newry.

Money to fund social activities

The charity has over 100 members from all over Newry and Mourne, Armagh, Banbridge and Dungannon. BIF supports people with all forms of brain injuries.

Chair of the charity, Frank Dolaghan, said: ‘We raise the vast majority of our funding ourselves which is why support from socially aware companies like Specsavers is so important. We will use the money from Specsavers to help fund our social activities which include our weekly Friday night Open House, an annual four day respite break, an annual carers weekend, mystery tours and theatre outings.’

Pleased to help

Alison Dunne, store director of Specsavers Newry, said: ‘Acquired brain injury can affect anyone at any stage of their life so the Brain Injury Foundation is a much-needed local resource. The work it does is extremely valuable to both brain injury survivors and carers and we are pleased to be able to help support their social activities which are a lifeline for many local people.’

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