September 21, 2017
It’s a family affair for Burnham-On-Sea optician's charity head shave

A Burnham-On-Sea optician will be joined by his entire family as they all have either their heads shaved or hair cut this Friday (22nd September) at 4pm as part of National Eye Health Week and to raise money for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).

Store director and optometrist Rama Venkat will be shaving the whole of his head, while Rama’s wife Sai, practice manager, and their daughter Thrinayani, who used to work at the store, will also be showing their support and having at least seven inches of hair cut off.

This will then also be donated to the Little Princess Trust who make real hair wigs for children suffering from cancer and other illnesses.

Making it a complete family affair, Rama and Sai’s 13-year-old son Thrilokesh, will also be having his head shaved.

Two Burnham hairdressers have kindly said they will come in to make the chop; Hair of the Dog and Bos Hair and Color Bar.

Customers will be able to take part in a tombola on the day, with the chance of winning prizes which have been generously donated by a huge number of businesses in the town. Special guest Sooty, the RNIB’s long-time mascot, will also be making an appearance on the day.

"We’ve been fundraising for the RNIB for quite a few months now and thanks to the generous support of our customers, surpassed our original £500 target and are now looking to raise £1,000," says Rama.

"As the date gets closer I’m getting excited and very much looking forward to supporting National Eye Health Week. This is hugely important to help highlight the importance of looking after your eyes and making sure people have regular sight tests, even if they think there’s nothing wrong with their vision."

The State Of The Nation Eye Health 2017: A Year in Review report, launched ahead of National Eye Health Week, is an annual benchmark of Britain’s eye health by RNIB and Specsavers, who joined forces in 2016 to raise awareness of the importance of eye health at every level to help prevent avoidable sight loss.

If you would like to sponsor Rama, Sai, Thriniyani and Thrilokesh, you can visit their sponsorship page here or pop into the store.

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