A team of opticians headed to work in their favourite hats to raise money for a brain tumour charity.

On Thursday 28 and Friday, March 29, staff from Specsavers Ledbury wore all manner of decorative head gear, raising £100 for Brain Tumour Research in support of the annual Wear a Hat Day.

Staff at the branch, at 3 The Homend, also took part in an annual event raising awareness that signs of brain tumours can be detected in routine eye tests.


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Store director Rebecca Roberts said: "Wear a Hat Day is a fun way to raise awareness of a serious issue.

"As well as donning our decorative head gear, we also ran a competition for customers to guess how many Specsavers furry bugs were in a jar.

"The prize was a £40 voucher for Choctastic, a local shop here in Ledbury."

She added: "It was wonderful to get the team and customers involved in the fun over the two days."

"It seems to be a definite conversation starter, so we were able to raise awareness of a really important topic."

Store director and optician Hayley Evans said: "Many people are unaware that eye examinations are not just a prescription check, but can help with your wider health too.

"Routine eye tests allow your optometrist to detect health issues that can be either sight, or in some cases, life threatening, including brain tumours."

The funds collected on Wear a Hat Day go towards increasing national investment towards brain tumour research, and the creation of additional Brain Tumour Research Centres of Excellence across the UK.

Specsavers Ledbury has invited residents to learn more about the importance of regular eye checks.

To schedule an appointment, visit its website (https://www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/ledbury), call 01531 633384, or pop into the store.