Hat’s off to South Shields Specsavers

Specsavers in South Shields have raised £225 for Brain Tumour Research thanks to their fundraising on Wear a Hat Day.

The annual Wear a Hat Day helps raise awareness of the importance of routine eye tests to detect signs of brain tumours.

Hat’s the way to do it

Staff raised money by sporting hats all day and collection tins were placed around the store to encourage staff and customers alike to donate.

Simon White, principal optometrist at Specsavers South Shields, said: ‘This was a fun way to raise awareness of a very serious issue. The team and our customers had a great day and we are very happy with the amount raised in store throughout the day.

‘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. We use sophisticated technology to help alert us to more serious health issues.’

Raising awareness

Wear A Hat Day has raised over £1million since it was launched by the charity Brain Tumour Research nine years ago.

Simon continued: ‘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.

We know the money raised will go to a very worthwhile cause.’

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