We are committed to giving back to the community we serve.
With this in mind, we have set up the Leightons Foundation. Under this banner, we select and support two designated charities every year. As we provide Optician and Hearing Care services, we select one optical and one audiological charity.
In 2016 we are pleased to be supporting:
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of sight loss in the developed world. The Macular Society provides free information and support to anyone affected by macular disease, which affects central vision. They are the largest membership group in the sight loss sector, with over 22,000 members and around 300 support groups across the UK.
The Macular Society are helping to pursue the highest quality care, treatment and support for people with macular disease, and fund reasearch with the hope that it can eventually be cured.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
Deafness can be very isolating. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People train dogs to help make a real difference to a deaf person’s life. They can pick up and alert the person to sounds we take for granted, such as an alarm clock, doorbell or even a fire alarm. As well as performing potentially life-saving tasks, they provide companionship and a chance for independence for a deaf person.
As well as training dogs, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People put a great deal of time and effort into ensuring that the type and breed of dog is a perfect match for the needs and lifestyle of the individual they’re partnered with. It costs £40,000 to train and support a hearing dog through their lifetime, so they are heavily reliant on donations from supporters.
Charities previously supported by the Leightons Foundation include:
Guide Dogs for the Blind
However, it doesn’t stop there! Each branch and individual member of staff is also encouraged to support any other charity of their choosing, whether a local or national organisation.
You can keep up-to-date with all the fundraising events held by our branches on our blog.