The team at Specsavers Glasgow Fort supported Brain Tumour Research by raising more than £3,000 in vital funds for the charity during Wear A Hat Day.

Glasgow Fort joined stores nationwide to officially sponsor the charity for the first time and help raise awareness that routine eye tests can detect signs of brain tumours.

Staff from the store doffed their hats while holding a ‘dress down’ day as part of an action-packed weekend of fun activities including a raffle in store, face painting and a ‘create a crazy hat station’ for kids using stationery donated by Hobbycraft.

In addition, three members of staff went above and beyond to help raise funds for the worthy cause. Optical assistant, Cara Ford, will take part in the Glasgow Kilt Walk in April while Aileen Boag and Katie O’Connor take part in a tandem sky dive later this month.

A word from our general manager

Robyn McCall, general manager at Specsavers Glasgow Fort, 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.

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

Fundraising success

Wear A Hat Day has raised over £1million since it was launched by the charity Brain Tumour Research nine years ago. Staff at Specsavers will also participated in:

Robyn continues: ‘This was a fun way to raise awareness of a very serious issue. As a team we were delighted to help raise funds 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.

‘We would like to thank all of customers who donated during the course of the weekend as well as the retailers and organisations who donated raffle prizes.’

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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