Specsavers in Palmers Green sponsored the Cancer Awareness and Early Detection Camp in Jalandhar, Punjab, which saw more than 300 of the poorest residents receive free medical check-ups and health screenings for cancer from 10 doctors and nurses. The day also raised awareness in the community of treatment and care to for any underlying health issues.
Close to the store director’s heart…
Jaswinder Singh Nagra, store director in Palmers Green, lived in Jalandhar until he was nine and has personally witnessed the extent of the poverty and what it effect it has on the people – it was this lack of access to eyecare services in India that drove him to optometry in the first place.
Commenting on the event, he said: ‘The detection camp provides crucial support to some of the most poverty stricken people in the world. We so often take our NHS for granted and I feel honoured to live in a country with such a comprehensive free healthcare system.
Most people don’t realise our routine eye examinations not only monitor your eyesight, but act as an overall health check, picking up on a magnitude of diseases such as Glaucoma, Diabetes and Heart Disease. I perform these examinations every day to people in the UK, so feel it’s so important to support the gallant work of the health camp who are providing these services to people who would otherwise have no access them.’
A charitable decade
This first charitable event in 2017 comes in the store’s tenth year of operation. The team will be making nine more charitable donations throughout the year in celebration of their decade of trading!