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Specsavers hopes to smash £1million fundraising target for Comic Relief

Specsavers hopes to smash £1million fundraising target for Comic Relief

A LEADING UK opticians is hoping to smash its target of raising more than £1 million for Comic Relief since becoming an official supporter in 2015.

It is the third year that Specsavers has supported the charity by launching funny frames in store, with this year’s red glasses jester theme is in keeping with the charity’s comic ethos.

Since 2015 Specsavers has raised £848,000 and has pledged to raise £250,000 this year in its quest to break the £1 million mark.

This will be done through the sale of the Comic Relief frames which cost just £2, with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity. They will be available to buy in local Specsavers stores and, for the first time, the Comic Relief website.

Over the past five years the Comic Relief funds raised by Specsavers staff and customers has supported many Northern Ireland charities and community organisations.

Projects include donations to­ the homelessness support charity The Welcome Organisation in Belfast and developing elderly outreach programmes with the Rural Area Partnership in Derry~Londonderry.

Dame Mary Perkins, Specsavers co-founder, says: ‘Our glasses this year are fantastic and we hope everyone gets into the fundraising spirit by picking up a pair from their local Specsavers store and help us smash our £1million fundraising mark. Comic Relief is such a good cause and we’re the only charity partner to donate all of the proceeds we make.’

Catherine Cottrell, fundraising and partnerships executive director at Comic Relief, adds: ‘We’re so pleased Specsavers is continuing to support us for the fourth year. It’s great to see people putting on their Comic Relief specs to help us raise much needed funds on Red Nose Day and we’re thrilled to be able to offer these on our site now too.’

The glasses are available in Specsavers Antrim now ahead of Red Nose Day on Friday 15 March. Customers who would like to recycle the glasses after Red Nose Day will be able to return them to their local store and they will be sent onto a specialist recycling company.  For more information visit www.specsavers.co.uk or www.comicrelief.com