Wiltshire opticians sets its sights high for homeless charity

By Nick Batten on 31 August, 2021

Four brave volunteers from a local opticians will be taking in the views from the top of the Spinnaker Tower – the south coast’s tallest tower – before abseiling down 100-metres to raise money for charity.

Staff members from Haine & Smith practices across the county will be taking on Alabaré’s ‘Homes for Veterans’ Spinnaker Tower Challenge in Portsmouth on Sunday, 5th September, to help raise funds for the vital work it carries-out with homeless and vulnerable people.

Following the charity’s call for daring volunteers, the staff chosen to represent Haine & Smith on the day will be Hayley Cox from the Pewsey practice, Fran Wattley from the Highworth practice, Emma Stiles from the Devizes practice and Eileen Devenish from head office in Pewsey. 

Laura Knight, Community Engagement Officer at Alabaré, said, “It’s certainly not a challenge for the fainthearted but we’re so grateful to Haine & Smith’s willing volunteers for pushing themselves out of their comfort zone to take part in our Spinnaker Tower abseil and raise funds for Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans in the process.”

Hayley Cox from the Pewsey practice added, “I wanted to be brave and put myself forward to have the opportunity to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower, when my name was picked out the hat I couldn’t believe it! What better way to challenge myself whilst raising money for the brilliant charity Alabaré. I’m incredibly nervous but looking forward to the experience.”

Family members and colleagues will be joining them on the day to cheer them on as they abseil down the side of Portsmouth’s iconic landmark while taking in the incredible views.

Anyone wishing to donate sponsorship money to the team should visit www.haineandsmith.co.uk or pop into their local practice.