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Local opticians pay pounds for pins

AN opticians in Frome marked Sport Relief with a skittle and darts evening which raised £337.

Specsavers in Frome challenged the team from Specsavers in Warminster to a skittles competition on Tuesday 27 March at a local pub, while enjoying a game of darts or two.

The fundraising event involved people donating £3 to take part, and the directors boosted the total by paying a pound for every skittle pin that got knocked down. Although, it was no ordinary games of skittles. To help demonstrate the challenges those with limited eyesight face and appreciate playing from both perspectives, teams played the first round blindfolded.

Store director at Specsavers Frome, Richard Goring says, “We wanted to mark Sport Relief this year and thought embracing some healthy competition with a challenging fundraiser was a fun way to do so.

“By doing it blindfolded, we were able to show the ability to take part in sports regardless of your vision. The activity also highlighted the need to wear protective specs in sports to prevent eye-related injuries.

“Staff never cease to amaze me when it comes to fundraising. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to raise such a great total for the charity. Thanks to the impressive turnout, we had lots of fun, and everyone really entered into the spirit of the night.”

Frome beat Warminster by three pins and took home the trophy and prizes, while the opposing team took home packets of skittles.

Sport Relief brings people together to get active, raise money and change lives. The money raised is spent by sister charity Comic Relief to tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice, both in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries.

For more information, visit Specsavers at 19 Westway Centre, Frome, BA11 1BS, call 01373 451180 or go to www.specsavers .co.uk/stores/frome

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