‘Spec-tacular’ marathon effort by local optician

Newtownabbey Specsavers Store Director, Tony McGinn, raised a 'spec-tacular' �1,200 for the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice by completing the Belfast City Marathon. Tony also presented another �200 to the charity taking the total raised by the Abbeycentre-based optician to �1,400. Collecting the cheque on behalf of the NI Children's Hospice was Karen Dunlop, Challenge Events Fundraiser, and also included is Maggie Crangle from Specsavers.

Newtownabbey Specsavers Store Director, Tony McGinn, raised a 'spec-tacular' �1,200 for the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice by completing the Belfast City Marathon. Tony also presented another �200 to the charity taking the total raised by the Abbeycentre-based optician to �1,400. Collecting the cheque on behalf of the NI Children's Hospice was Karen Dunlop, Challenge Events Fundraiser, and also included is Maggie Crangle from Specsavers.

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NEWTOWNABBEY Specsavers Store Director, Tony McGinn has raised a ‘spec-tacular’ £1,400 for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice by completing the Belfast City Marathon on Monday, May 7.

Tony, who pounded the pavements in the months leading up to the 26.2 mile Belfast Marathon, battled through the typical Northern Irish weather conditions along with 19,500 other runners in order to raise this fantastic sum of money.

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice cares for children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions, and supports their families and those close to them. The children have very complex needs often requiring 24-hour care and many will die before reaching adulthood.

The money raised by Tony and his Specsavers team at the Abbeycentre will help the hospice to maintain its vital services of care and support both at the hospice and in the local community.

Tony is extremely passionate about his charity work and has been raising money for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice for the past nine years.

Karen Dunlop, Challenge Events Fundraiser, Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice said: “We are just overwhelmed by the money that Tony McGinn and his Specsavers team in the Newtownabbey store have raised for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice this year. Aside from that we know that Tony and the team are wonderful supporters of our charity and we would like to extend our thanks for all the hard work that they have contributed over the last nine years. Tony is a very dedicated individual and every pound that is raised for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is very much needed and appreciated.”

Tony has also highlighted Deafblind Awareness Week, which takes place between June 25 and July 1 and said: “The reality is that life expectancy in the UK is rising each year and so are the number of people who suffer from hearing and sight loss. From the age of 40 onwards, eye sight deterioration and hearing loss can happen naturally. There is no reason that our quality of life should suffer as we age anymore. We’ve never been in a better position to monitor and treat eye and ear health.”

At Specsavers Abbeycentre, digital retinal photography is offered as part of the standard eye test and at no additional cost for customers aged over 40, or where a GP or optician recommends it. Tony McGinn strongly recommends that people within the local community and across Northern Ireland as a whole, consider having their eyes and hearing tested in support of Deafblind Awareness Week, to ensure the highest quality of life is possible for their future.