Opticians step back to the 80s for a good cause

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An 1980s-themed fun day held at a Harborough opticians has raised £500 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Adam Ant, the Super Mario Brothers, Slash and Goose from Top Gun joined other favourite characters from the decade at Specsavers in St Mary’s Place as staff celebrated the 25-year career of contact lens optician David Pell.

Providing a soundtrack to the day, Harborough FM held a disco outside the store and the Specsavers team gave away free sight tests to customers who booked a free contact lens trial.

Staff also released 999 red balloons in a balloon race with people having until this Monday for their balloon to be found and reported to the store.

The owner of the balloon that is found furthest away from Harborough will win a Rubix cube-themed hamper.

There was also a raffle with an abundance of prizes up for grabs including a Rubix cube storage box, cut and blow dry at the town branch of Toni & Guy, beauty goodies from Mistrys in High Street, earrings from Steffans on The Square and sweet treats from Thornton’s in St Mary’s Place and Sugar Shack in Adam and Eve Street.

All money raised went to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Barry Henning, the store director at Specsavers in Harborough, said: “We had a fantastic day and I saw a few of customers dancing away to the disco so it looked like they enjoyed it too. We raised a huge amount of money so we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped us.

“So far we’ve raised more than £1,200 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research but we’ll be doing everything we can over the next few months to raise even more.”

More information about the charity, which supports people affected by blood cancer, can be found at the website www.leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk.