Cycling for Sight 2017
What a great turn out this year for our annual Giving Sight charirty bike ride.There is a core group of us at the practice who love cycling so this event initially had great appeal and it is such a worthwhile charity. Our route takes us through some lovely countryside, parks and is mostly off road so we have seen more children and young people joining us in recent years. We always break the day with a picnic in the park and a stop at the icecream boat before we head home.
We raised over £600.00 this year for the Optometry Giving Sight charity and are very impressed with the amazing work the charity is doing in the developing world to create sustainable eye care programmes.
Cycling for Sight 2016
Through a sponsored bike ride from Selby to York and back, members of the Mackereth Opticians staff, friends and family cycled to raise over £500.00 for Optometry Giving Sight. The aim of the charity is to first and foremost help achieve the mission to eliminate avoidable blindness due to uncorrected refractive error - the simple need for an eye examination and spectacles. The donation income from the challenge so far has funded projects which help train local people, establish vision aid centres and provide the provision of eye care in the developing world. In addition, the success of this initiative also contributed to the funding for Vision Care for Homeless People`s new vision centre in Manchester for the next two years.
Good luck Jessica
Jessica worked as a student at Mackereth Opticians during her summer holidays two years ago. Some of you may remember her as a bright enthusiastic young woman eager to help patients. Since then she has gone on to her final year
at Anglia Ruskin University and then to a pre-registration training year in Skipton. She has now passed her professional exams 1st time and is now a fully qualified Optometrist. We would like to wish Jessica well and congratulate her on her achievement.
Interested in cycling for a good cause?
Optometry Giving Sight
Macmillan coffee morning
The coffee morning at Mackereth Optician raised over £152.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support, what a great result. It was as a lovely day and the patients, friends and family that joined us enjoyed delicious cakes, tea & coffee. Our raffle was a big hit and congratulations to Mrs. Drinkwater who won a designer Murano frame and Mrs. Dunnett who won a pair of designer sunglasses. Thank you to everyone for your support and to the bakers who made such yummy cakes.
Cycling for Sight
Mackereth`s staff, family and friends cycled form Sleby to York and back raising £740.00 for the charity Optometry Giving Sight. Cycle for sight was the brainchild of a group of three former students, Fares Hatoum, Jessica MacIsaac and Abubakr Patel, from the University of Bradford. In 2011 the trio hit upon the idea of a cycling challenge when they decided they wanted to do something different and fun to mark October’s annual World Sight Day Challenge and raise funds on behalf of Optometry Giving Sight.
The aim of the charity is to first and foremost help achieve the mission to eliminate avoidable blindness due to uncorrected refractive error – the simple need for an eye examination and spectacles.
The donation income from the challenge so far has funded projects which help train local people, establish vision centres and provide the provision of eye care in the developing world. In addition, the success of this initiative also contributed to the funding for Vision Care for Homeless People's new vision centre in Manchester for the next three years.
Over one thousand pairs of specs to go
Thank you to the patients at Mackereth Opticians who have generously donated over 1000 pairs of old spectacles to Vision Aid Overseas. By placing old or unwanted glasses in the recycling box in our waiting room patients have helped people in impoverished developing countries that don`t have access to eye care. 670 million people – 10% of the world`s population are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of spectacles. Vision Aid Overseas runs programmes in six African countries enabling people to see well enough to learn and work. Anyone who has unwanted or old specs they would like to recycle are welcome to pop them in the box in our reception.
Selby to York fund raising bike ride
Inspired by the Grand Depart Tour de France Mackereth staff have took up the challenge of riding from Selby to York and back to raise money for the Macular Society. The 30 mile round trip on June 1st raised £272.00.
Macular conditions all affect the central part of the retina and cause loss of central vision. Macular disease is the most common cause of sight loss in industrialised countries. This worthy charity offers help and support to people with macular conditions, if you would like more information or suffer from a macular related condition you can contact the Macular Society on 01264 350551 or at www.macularsociety.org
Mackereth Opticians school workshop
As part of our commitment to raising awareness of children`s eye care within the community Mackereths Opticians ran a workshop open to local primary schools where the children learned about their eyes then designed and made a pair of spectacles. As part of the workshop each child entered their creations in a competition. The winning designers won a pair of sunglassess and the best designs from all the schools were then displayed in Mackereth`s window during the month of March.
World Sight Day
Mackereth Opticians participated in the World Sight Day Challenge to raise funds for global charity, Optometry Giving Sight. It is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses.
Mackereth Opticians organised a raffle and bake sale on the 10th of October offering cakes tea and coffee for a donation from patients’ and local businesses. On the following day the staff swam the equivalent length of Lake Windermere completing 920 lengths in a local pool. Mackereth managed to raise £500-the equivalent to 166 eye tests and spectacles for underserved communities all over the world.
AOP Back to school campaign
Did you know that up to 1 million children in the UK currently
have an undetected vision problem?
Every child dreams of what they'll do one day. Up to
one in five children may have an eye condition they
do not know about which could stop them achieving
those dreams. A free sight test may give every child
the ability to see clearly, learn effectively and
fulfil their career aspirations. The AOP have
created a set of resources for members to use to
help actively promote the importance of children's eye health within their communities.
Back to school routine - don't forget to book a sight test!