Specsavers in Newtown has renewed its three-year sponsorship agreement with the current world deaf rugby champions, Wales Deaf Rugby Union (WDRU), in a deal worth £15,000.

Thousands of pounds raised

The announcement follows a summer of fundraising activities, which saw the store on Broad Street raise £316 for WDRU during the ‘Specsavers Choir’ tour. The combined total raised by the 35 Specsavers stores across mid and south Wales reached more than £5,000.

The rugby-themed choirs performed a one-off, four-hour performance at Specsavers stores on weekends throughout August and September to build on Wales’ excitement ahead of the start of the Rugby World Cup.

Specsavers has supported WDRU since 2012 when it became the official provider of audiology testing as well as kit sponsor.

‘Important initiatives to champion’

David Dunlop, director of Specsavers in Newtown, said: ‘Over the last three years we have worked closely with WDRU to raise awareness of hearing loss and the importance of regular hearing tests, so we’re delighted to continue this important partnership.

‘We’re proud to be associated with WDRU and the £5,000 raised during our Specsavers Choir campaign will be put towards the organisation’s performance and community projects, which we think are extremely important initiatives to champion.’

Gwynne Griffiths, chairman of WDRU, said: ‘Without sponsorship, we would not be able to carry out the vital outreach work we do in communities through our engagement programme, and make sure that players have access to the best training and support staff available.

‘We’d like to thank Specsavers for its continued support and to the staff, customers and communities of the 35 stores across south and mid Wales for their generosity during the Specsavers Choir tour.’

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