The local opticians in Barrhead and Paisley have raised almost £3,750 for charities and good causes in the past year.

Supporting vital causes

Specsavers in Paisley and Barrhead held a number of fundraising events in 2015, with proceeds donated to Comic Relief, Blind Veterans UK, Marie Curie and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Staff at both stores raised more than £1,000 for Comic Relief by holding a bake sale in Barrhead and inviting customers to use a comedy selfie booth in Paisley.

Staff at The Paisley Centre store raised over £115 for Blind Veterans UK after taking part in a 5k fun run during the Giffnock North AAC Running Festival at Roukenglen Park.

Meanwhile the Barrhead store, on Main Street, held a fancy dress day to raise money for anti-bullying charity Kidscape as well as holding a raffle for Marie Curie. The stores also sponsored Zoolab visits to St Mark’s Primary School and Carlibar Primary School in Barrhead and Gallowhill Primary School and Moss Vale Primary School in Paisley as well as handing out hundreds of high-visibility vests to local schools and organisations during Road Safety Week.

Successful fundraisers

Gail Thompson, director of Specsavers’ Paisley and Barrhead stores, said: ‘I’m very pleased to have raised such a fantastic figure for so many worthy charities.

‘We really stepped up our fundraising efforts this year and managed to organise plenty of great events.

‘I’d like to thank all our customers for their support and the staff for helping to organise such successful fundraisers.’

Other charities that benefited from the stores’ fundraising included the Royal National Institute of Blind People, the Text Santa appeal, and Yorkhill Hospital.

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