Local opticians raise thousands for children’s cancer charity

Specsavers staff hold up cards showing the amount they have raised for CLIC Sargent.

A busy year of fundraising by the staff of three local optician stores has seen children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent benefit from a donation of almost £7,000.

The teams from Specsavers stores in Bradley Stoke, Cribbs Causeway and Filton came together to nominate CLIC Sargent as their charity of the year for 2018. In a bid to raise as much money as possible, staff worked tirelessly, taking part in challenges and hosting events throughout the year.

Activities included team members taking part in a sky dive, a store director running the London Marathon, a team braving a Tough Mudder obstacle course, a static spinathon and events being held in store, such as staff bake-offs, cake sales and raffles. The cumulative total of £6,870 was announced at the Specsavers’ Christmas party, where staff celebrated their efforts alongside CLIC Sargent representative Caroline Marshall.

“Some of the activities have been pretty tough – it’s been a real team effort from everyone and it’s safe to say we’ve all thoroughly enjoyed the fundraising,” said store director Gaurav Patel.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be donating such a great amount to CLIC Sargent. We couldn’t have reached this total without our hard-working and committed members of staff, and our thanks extend to the incredible communities surrounding all three stores, who always get behind us when it comes to fundraising.”

CLIC Sargent provides practical, financial and emotional support for children and teenagers who have been diagnosed with cancer or leukaemia. The charity believes that children with cancer have the right to the best possible treatment, care and support throughout their cancer journey and beyond. To find out more about the charity, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

The participating Specsavers stores are located at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke; The Mall, Cribbs Causeway; and Church View, Filton.

Photo: Specsavers staff show amount raised for CLIC Sargent (l-r): James (optometrist), Maria Matuszak (manager), Sue (receptionist), Julie Rafferty (PR coordinator), Gaurav Patel (store director) and Donna (optical assistant).

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 25). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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