Happy hat-wearers at Specsavers Teignmouth raised much-needed money for Brain Tumour Research.
The conscientious staff joined Specsavers stores across the nation on Wear a Hat Day to help raise awareness that routine eye tests can detect signs of brain tumours.
Sam Roberts, retail director at the Teignmouth store, says: ‘We all donned hats as a fun way of raising awareness about a very serious issue, while also receiving donations from our generous patients 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, and yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.
‘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.’
In addition to wearing hats, the store had a bake sale and Easter raffle, raising £132. The money will be used to help build a network of experts in world-class brain tumour research centres across the UK.
Sue Farrington Smith MBE, Chief Executive of Brain Tumour Research, adds: ‘The sad truth is that brain tumours are indiscriminate and can affect anyone at any age and this means the impact on families is enormous. Too many children are losing siblings, parents and grandparents, too many parents are enduring the agony of their child’s diagnosis, and society as a whole continues to bear the burden of increased costs through demands on the NHS, lost taxes, and demands on the welfare state.’
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