Members of staff from Specsavers in Runcorn took part in a charity abseil on Sunday 26th October to raise £5,000 for the Neo Natal Unit at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The event was organised by store director, Chris Graham, whose baby daughter Sophia was treated on the Neo Natal Unit when she required urgent care after she was born in September last year.

A worthwhile cause

Inspired by the Neo Natal Unit’s work, the team decided to use the store’s 20th anniversary celebrations to recognise the maternity ward’s importance to the community and raise funds towards new ventilators and monitors for the special care baby unit. Around 100 people completed the 52ft drop challenge, including nurse Lyndsey Arnold, who cared for Chris’ daughter during her stay in hospital, and members of staff from Specsavers in nearby Warrington.

The event was a great success, with several participants conquering their fear of heights while raising much needed funds for a worthy cause.

Smashing targets

Chris says, “Sunday was a lot of fun and it was fantastic to see so many people come along and abseil themselves or support friends and relatives taking part. “Initial indicators show that we’ve smashed our £5,000 target but we’re hoping that even more sponsorship funds will trickle in over the next week or so. The support we’ve received for this has been amazing and I’d like to thanks all of our sponsors who’ve been so generous in lending their support for this amazing cause.

“I look forward to writing a big cheque to the Neonatal Unit which will be used to buy essential equipment on the ward enabling them to continue their crucial work.”

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