Four local charities will start to receive support from Sutton Coldfield Specsavers. 

Charitable actions

Yvonne’s 5 Minute Angels, The Talking Newspaper Association, The Sutton Coldfield Stroke Club and The Cancer Support Centre have all been selected as charity partners of Specsavers, Red Rose Centre for the next year.

How it works

The four charities will be split up into pairs and will receive fundraising support in six-month spells. Yvonne’s 5 Minute Angels and The Talking Newspaper Association will get backing over the first six months, while The Sutton Coldfield Stroke Club and The Cancer Support Centre will receive support for the following six-month period.

This is the second year that the opticians has run the scheme and it received an astounding response.

Local charities, community support teams, sports teams, individuals and schools were asked to nominate themselves to be in with a chance of receiving fundraising support, and they made it very hard for the selectors.

“It was very difficult to pick just four”

Tim Goodhew, Specsavers Sutton Coldfield store director, said: ‘We received an incredible amount of applications that were all very strong. It was very difficult to pick just four.

‘We are ecstatic to be able to assist the four that we have chosen in reaching their goals. All of them demonstrated outstanding desire and reasoning,’ he adds.

During the six-month periods, customers can pick up a token from the waiting room and place into their chosen charity’s collection box.

People can also pop into the store to pick up one token and make their pledge. At the end of the six months, the tokens will be counted and each of the charities will be awarded with a proportion of the pledged £1,000 from the store, based on the number of tokens they have received.

The charities

Yvonne’s 5 Minute Angels provides counselling support and training for people in the Sutton Coldfield area to provide support for others in need. The charity was set up in memory of local woman Yvonne Barraclough, who passed away from cancer in August 2013.

The Birmingham Talking Newspaper Association serves the blind and partially sighted community of Birmingham and the surrounding areas by providing listeners with a free weekly digest of local news, information and entertainment.

The Sutton Coldfield Stroke Club provides a place for local people who have suffered strokes, and their carers, to meet up. The objective is to help build confidence and independence in a fun environment.

The Cancer Support Centre offers sanctuary, support and holistic therapy to those who have been diagnosed with cancer in the local area.

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