Derry Specsavers ‘step in’ for Action MS

John Daley, U105, Ann Walker, founder and MD of Action MS and David Maguire, Specsavers store Director, photographed outside the Specsavers store located on Ann Street, Belfast.
John Daley, U105, Ann Walker, founder and MD of Action MS and David Maguire, Specsavers store Director, photographed outside the Specsavers store located on Ann Street, Belfast.

Derry Specsavers’ staff are getting their fundraising buckets ready in a bid to raise money in support of Action MS.

Specsavers’ Action MS fundraising will take place on Saturday 13 October, with teams from all 17 Specsavers stores across Northern Ireland working to raise as much money as possible in one single day, for this excellent local charity.

The Derry Specsavers team are going one step further, by embarking on a fundraising extravaganza. The Derry staff will be out and about in Derry town on Saturday 13 October, raising vital funds ahead of their adventurous walk on Sunday 21 October which will see them walking six miles around the city. The team will set off from the Derry store, located on Ferryquay Street, walk across the Craigavon Bridge, back along the Foyle Bridge and finally return to the store – where a cup of tea will hopefully be waiting for them!

The team will be dressed to impress in their Action MS t-shirts and matching buckets, chatting to the local community and collecting donations from passers by on both Saturday and Sunday – and should any customers or members of the local community wish to join them on their walk, they are more than welcome! In addition to this, donations can also be made in store.

Store director, Sean McCauley said: ‘Among other symptoms, MS can have a hugely detrimental effect on a person’s eyesight. That’s the reason Specsavers had no hesitation in getting involved in such a worthy cause. Some people may suffer from symptoms such as double vision, blurred vision, a partial squint, rapid eye movements or pain in one or both eyes. This visual disturbance is often worse or only apparent during MS attacks. It can often prompt a fear of blindness.”

Led by former Spirit of Northern Ireland Award nominee, Ann Walker, Action MS is a home grown charity that has been working in Northern Ireland since 1976.

Ann says: “It’s great to have Specsavers on board to help raise awareness in local communities about MS. As well as maintaining a highly successful fund-raising programme, Action MS provides a comprehensive range of caring ‘actions’ or support that has evolved over the years as a result of conversations with people and families living with MS. The provision of the right kind of care at the right time in the right place is our constant goal.

“All fundraising efforts are extremely beneficial to us as a charity, and the support of the local community over the decades has been overwhelming.”

Members of the public are very welcome to call in and make a donation at your local Specsavers store on October 13

All contributions will be gratefully accepted for this very very worthy cause.