Portsmouth youngsters crop their locks, in £400 cancer charity fundraiser.
Fundraisers at the Portsmouth North End branch of Vision Express are pulling out the stops this summer, and have already amassed nearly £4,000 in donations for a child eye cancer charity, with yet more fundraising feats in the pipeline.
Among their recent endeavours was a ‘Big Chop’ hosted at the London Road store, which saw two young girls have their long hair cropped to bobs, raising almost £400.
Kind-hearted Ruby and Tia Benton, aged six and eight from Portsmouth, gave their locks to the Little Princess Trust, to be made into wigs for cancer survivors. Their mum, Wendy, is a member of staff at the Vision Express store and is part of the team raising money for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT), the nominated charity of Vision Express.
Last year the national network of 330-plus Vision Express stores and customers raised £105,000 for CHECT, to help the Trust support families affected by a rare childhood cancer called retinoblastoma, and fund vital research into the condition.
Other fundraisers organised by the London Road store have included a charity weekend with sponsored hair removal, which saw four volunteers undergo leg waxes, head and moustache shaves, raising almost £1,500 in one night. The store team also enlisted the help of the Hampshire Fire Brigade and a balloon magician, with outdoor games, car washing and tombola helping raise a further £1,000.
Not content with their current fundraising tally, the Vision Express Portsmouth team is planning a further charity weekend in October to coincide with an 80-mile cycle ride, which will begin at the retailer’s Nottingham head office, and finish in Northampton at CHECT’s annual family day.
Alan Culling has been driving the fundraising initiatives by the Vision Express Portsmouth North End store. He said: “When I stop and take stock I feel very proud of what we are achieving, and we’re determined to raise even more money for this great cause. We’d like to thank local residents who have dug deep and helped us support the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.”