Specsavers in Richmond has raised a three-figure sum for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), following a week long drive in store.

The Richmond store donated £1 for every eye test conducted in store during National Eye Health Week to the charity, which supports people affected by sight loss. Additional donations were also accepted from customers, with the fundraising total reaching £224.68.

The initiative followed the publication of a report by the RNIB and Specsavers that showed one in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime despite at least half of all cases being avoidable.

A word from the store director

Ross Campbell, store director at Specsavers in Richmond, said: ‘Our survey showed that sight was the sense that people feared losing most. However, 25% of people are not having an eye test every two years as recommended by the College of Optometrists.

‘And in the knowledge that at least half of all cases of sight loss are avoidable, we were spurred on to renew our call to residents to make time for regular eye tests. An eye test not only monitors changes in your vision, but is an important health check too.

‘We are happy to have shone a light on this important subject during National Eye Health Week and to have raised more than £200 in support of the RNIB’s vital work in the process.

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