The team at Specsavers in Plymouth have doffed their caps to Brain Tumour Research by raising vital funds for the charity during Wear A Hat Day.

Plymouth Specsavers joined stores nationwide to officially sponsor the charity and help raise awareness that routine eye tests can detect signs of brain tumours.

Expert help

Store director at Specsavers Armada Way, Dr Josie Forte said: ‘Many people are unaware that eye tests are not only critical for your eyes, but your wider health too. A routine test allows opticians to detect serious issues that can be both sight and, in some cases, life threatening – including brain tumours.

Dr Josie added: ‘We use sophisticated technology to help alert us to more serious health issues. This includes optical coherence tomography – which uses light waves to create a detailed 3D picture of the retina digital retinal photography, which takes a detailed image of the back of the eye – the only part of the body where the circulation of blood can be directly observed. Images can be compared on future visits to keep a watchful eye on a patient’s health.’

Vital support

Wear A Hat Day has raised over £1million since it was launched by the charity Brain Tumour Research nine years ago. Staff at Specsavers held as bake sale and a made a cake shaped as a pink top hat. They also had fun wearing silly hats whilst raising funds and awareness for the charity in store and alongside the Brain Tumour Awareness bus in the centre of Plymouth.

Dr Josie continued: ‘This is a fun way to raise awareness of a very serious issue. As a team we’re really looking forward to raising as much money as possible in order to help Brain Tumour Research continue with its invaluable research. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.’

Funds raised on Wear A Hat Day will be used to build a network of experts in world-class, sustainable brain tumour research in Centres of Excellence across the UK.

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