Specsavers in Worthing pedalled for pounds with an in-store cycle marathon to help raise an amazing £620 during Wear A Hat Day last week.

Staff each took it in turns to take on the gruelling challenge, which saw them clock up an impressive 200 miles on a static bike. The team also donned a variety of weird and wacky headgear and encouraged customers to donate during the event on 29 March, with funds raised going directly to Brain Tumour Research.

Going the extra mile

Cheryl Spray, store director at Specsavers Worthing, says: ‘We wanted to go the extra mile to support Wear A Hat Day this year and while the challenge was tough, the whole team had a lot of fun taking part. We’d like to also take the time to thank all our customers who donated on the day and helped cheer us on towards our goal.’

Specsavers Worthing 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.

Cheryl 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.’

Important funding

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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