Specsavers in Wisbech has raised more than £120 for Brain Tumour Research after hosting an in-store event for Wear A Hat Day last week.

Staff turned up to work dressed in a variety of weird and wonderful hats and hosted a cake sale for hungry customers during a fun day held on 29 March. The activity led to the team raising a total of £124.15, which will be donated to Brain Tumour Research.

Mike Avery, store director at Specsavers Wisbech, says: ‘The team really went all out for Wear A Hat Day this year and we had a great response from the community, who made so many kind donations. The money raised will play a big part in helping Brain Tumour Research continue its important work.’

Vital support

Specsavers Wisbech joined stores nationwide to officially sponsor Brain Tumour Research for the first time and help raise awareness that routine eye tests can detect signs of brain tumours.

Mike adds: ‘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.’

World class research

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