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Local opticians raise thousands for children’s cancer charity

Posted on Wednesday 27th February 2019 at 6:49 pm by SH (Editor)

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

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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Specsavers fun day marks completion of state-of-the-art store refit

Posted on Friday 12th October 2018 at 6:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of staff standing under a balloon arch at the entrance to the store.

Following a state-of-the-art refit to a Bradley Stoke opticians, the team celebrated by hosting a fun day, raising funds for CLIC Sargent.

Customers visiting Specsavers in Bradley Stoke on Saturday 15th September were greeted by special guests, Princess Belle and Spider-Man, as they marked the launch of their new and innovative store refit. People also had the opportunity to get their faces painted and then pose for a picture with the childhood favourite characters during the ‘meet and greet’.

The event offered an opportunity for locals to see the new store layout which provides a more efficient customer experience. The developments have also created more space and the result is a welcoming and modern store which includes the very latest testing equipment.

There was a Specsavers cake for customers to sample, while the official ribbon cutting took place under a balloon arch to mark the launch.

“We’re thrilled with the refurbishments here at Specsavers in Bradley Stoke,” said store director, Ed Stanleigh.

“The customer experience has been revolutionised and that gave us a great reason to celebrate and raise even more funds for our charity partner.”

Specsavers in Cribbs Causeway, Bradley Stoke and Filton have come together and nominated CLIC Sargent as their charity of the year for 2018. In a bid to raise as much money as possible for the children’s cancer charity, staff are taking part in several fundraising challenges and hosting events throughout the year.

More: Charity helps improve the quality of life of families & patients »

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Stokes Singers: Refreshed and ready to go!

Posted on Monday 17th September 2018 at 6:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of performers at the end of the Stokes Singers summer concert.

After a memorable end to the choir’s Sing 25 Challenge, Stokes Singers are refreshed and ready to go at the start of our autumn term writes publicity officer Sue Callow.

Our summer concert in July marked the 25th birthday of the choir and was well received by a full house at the Church of Christ the King in Bradley Stoke. Amazing guests Steel Storm from Castle School, Thornbury and the Red Tie Choir from Little Stoke Primary School brought a fantastic energy to the evening. Over £500 was raised for the nominated children’s charity CLIC Sargent and with 70-plus performers joining forces it was certainly an evening to remember.

Although it’s a little early to start Christmas festivities, Stokes Singers’ diary is rapidly filling with invitations to perform in November and December so weekly rehearsals re-start on 6th September. If you’d like to sing with us, this is an ideal time to come along to a Thursday evening rehearsal from 7.30pm until 9.30pm at Coniston Community Centre in Patchway. New members can enjoy their first two rehearsals free of charge while they get to know us and our music. We’re a friendly group, rehearsals with our two Musical Directors Phil Lawrence and Sian Walters are fun and productive and there are no auditions.

Currently we have vacancies in all sections of our 30 strong mixed harmony choir and ladies and men with lower voices would be especially welcome. Take a look at our website and message us via the contact page or call our membership secretary Liz on 01454 614148. It’s always worth letting us know you’re coming so we can meet you at the door and show you around the building.

If you prefer to listen rather than sing, pop a note on your calendar for our Christmas concert on Saturday 8th December at the Church of Christ the King. More information will be available on the website soon when we confirm some rather special Christmas guests.

Either way, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Photo: Stokes Singers summer concert. [Hi-res version on Facebook]

This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 31). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Opticians raise £800 for children’s cancer charity

Posted on Saturday 31st March 2018 at 9:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of staff standing behind the cake sale stand outside the Specsavers store.

The Specsavers store at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre joined with partner branches in Cribbs Causeway and Filton to raise nearly £800 for children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent, as part of the local store group’s pledge to support the charity for 2018.

Staff wore CLIC Sargent t-shirts and the stores were decorated with charity balloons, banners and bunting while collection pots were available for customers to make donations.

Customers and passers-by were greeted with a cake sale, while staff took part in a charity bake-off, in which Katie Perry bagged first place with her carrot cake muffins and Julie Rafferty came second with her chocolate orange cakes.

To help boost the fundraising total, eight-year-old Karolina, whose mum works at the Bradley Stoke store, sold loom bands and other hand-crafted gifts with her friend Anya and raised nearly £30.

Also joining the festivities was Caroline Marshall, a local representative from CLIC Sargent.

“It’s so important for our teams to get behind a good cause and throw every effort into fundraising, and by nominating a charity, we can maximise our efforts,” says store director, Gaurav Patel.

“While CLIC Sargent is a national charity, they also have a presence in Bristol, so there is a local link too.”

“All three store directors will be taking part in a fundraising activity and we will be encouraging our customers to give what they can to boost the total. I will be joining a team taking part in Tough Mudder, Ed Stanleigh has secured a place in the London Marathon and Vivek Lakhanpaul is doing a sky dive.”

More: Ed Stanleigh would welcome support via his JustGiving page »

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