Local opticians raise more than £150,000 for local community groups

By Jessica Durston - 24 January 2022

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  • Four of the competition winners from Marlborough Literature Festival with children's author Emma Carroll who presented book token prizes donated by Haine & Smith

    Four of the competition winners from Marlborough Literature Festival with children's author Emma Carroll who presented book token prizes donated by Haine & Smith

Partners at Haine & Smith opticians have hit a major milestone in their charitable work, with fundraising efforts leading to more than £150,000 in total.

Each year the partners at Haine & Smith donate a percentage of their salary to its Charitable Fund. This money is then distributed to local community groups, sports teams and grassroots organisations located near practices across Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxford.

This month, the company has hit and then surpassed the milestone of £150,000.

Sue Haine, co-founding partner at Haine & Smith, said: “We have always enjoyed being involved in the communities surrounding our practices, so in 1995 we established our Charitable Trust.

"Its goal was simple - to invest into the local communities which are home to our patients and employees who support us. We have been delighted to have helped so many local groups, charities and organisations over the years.”

Since the Charitable Trust was created, it has made more than 600 donations to a variety of local causes. These have ranged from sponsoring local festivals, to providing equipment for youth groups, schools, hospitals and charities to carry out their vital work.

For many years the Charitable Trust has also sponsored the Marlborough Literature Festival, helping to provide prizes for the LitFest Primary School Children’s Competition.

Genevieve Clarke, Chair of the LitFest Committee said: “On behalf of the LitFest Committee, thank you to you and to Haine and Smith for sponsoring the competition each year - we are hugely grateful for your support!”

Those who are part of a small initiative that makes a big difference within their local community can apply for funding by sending an email to charitabletrust@haineandsmith.co.uk.

Members of the public can find their local Haine & Smith practice by visiting www.haineandsmith.co.uk/practice-finder

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