News

Join Naas and Newbridge for 5k sponsored walk

29 April, 2016
Tony Power will embark on the epic journey of climbing to Mount Everest Base Camp
Tony Power will embark on the epic journey of climbing to Mount Everest Base Camp

On Sunday, 1st of May, the fundraising activities of Specsavers stores in both Naas and Newbridge will reach new heights as staff participate in a 5k sponsored walk to raise much-needed funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin

As part of the newly launched ‘Climb for Crumlin’ campaign, Specsavers staff member Tony Power will embark on the epic journey of climbing to Mount Everest Base Camp and employees and customers across the country will go the distance.

Having exceeded its initial fundraising target, Specsavers recently announced that it will be extending its commitment to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin by pledging to raise an additional €100,000 for the refurbishment of the ophthalmology unit. The announcement was made as Specsavers presented the hospital with a cheque for €120,000, following extensive fundraising by its employees.

Overwhelmed by the support

Speaking ahead of the fundraising initiative, Aengus Morrin, Director of Specsavers Naas and Newbridge said, “We have been overwhelmed by the support of our customers during our fundraising challenges throughout the year and are delighted to be able to make this generous donation to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, which provides invaluable care to sick children.'

Aengus continued ‘It is clear that Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin has touched the lives of many Irish families and 11 children from Kildare were admitted to the hospital daily in 2014. We’re delighted to extend our commitment to the refurbishment of the hospital’s ophthalmology unit which provides treatment and care to the thousands of children who are affected by vision conditions.’

The Department of Ophthalmology

The Department of Ophthalmology at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, for which Specsavers is fundraising for improvement, typically diagnoses and treats over 10,000 patients annually, making it one of the busiest departments in the hospital. The service provides care to children suffering from common eye conditions, such as squints, which if left untreated can result in sight problems.

Further information

For further information visit www.cmrf.org and for updates on Specsavers fundraising and upcoming events visit here