TEAM members at Specsavers Leigh have raised more than £1,000 for charity after competing in a charity football match.

The optical team trained for the first Specsavers Lancashire Football Charity Tournament, competing against stores in Hyde, Bolton, and Burnley to raise money for Bolton Hospice, Derian House Children’s Hospice, Dementia UK and Wigan and Leigh Hospice.  

The Leigh team, who finished fourth, was made up of Ian, Duncan, Ben, Connor, Anthony, Stephen and Hussain.

The tournament was held at Power League Bolton in Levenshulme Park on Sunday (November 5).

Mathew Averall, retail director at Specsavers Leigh, said: “It’s an honour to have raised so much money for charity, including Wigan and Leigh Hospice, which is a cause very close to our hearts in the Leigh store.

“The entire team has thrown themselves into preparing for the tournament and we couldn’t be happier with our result, but as we’ve always said, the real winners are the charities we’re helping to support.”

Also participating in the tournament was NHS eye health provider and official sponsor of the event, Spa Medica, bringing the total teams to five. 

Umayr Zahid, who organised the event said: "I recently became a father for the first time, and it's opened my eyes to how important family is.

“I’m passionate about helping other families who are doing all they can to support their loved ones, which has been reflected in each store’s chosen charity. The idea is that everyone can come together, have fun, connect and socialise – while raising money for a good cause.”