Team members at Specsavers Bolton have raised £1,300 for charity after competing in a charity football match.

The optical team trained hard for the first Specsavers Lancashire Football Charity Tournament, competing against stores in Hyde, Burnley, Leigh to raise money for the all-important causes.

Specsavers Bolton team was made up of Matthew Thornton, Fahim Ali, Simon Gowland, Mohammed Dawood, Uwais Ahmed, Uwais Ugharadar and Adam Bagas.

Specsavers Bolton came first, but the real winners were the chosen charities Bolton Hospice, Derian House Children’s Hospice, Dementia UK and Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

The tournament was held at Power League Bolton in Leverhulme Park.

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

Organised by keen footballer Umayr Zahid, the event raised money for each store’s chosen charity.

Robert Ogg, retail director at Specsavers Bolton, says: ‘It’s an honour to have raised so much money for charity, including Bolton Hospice, which is a cause very close to our hearts in the Bolton store. The entire team threw 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.’

Umayr says: ‘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.’

For more information or to book an appointment, visit or call Specsavers Bolton on 01204 521122. To donate to Bolton Hospice visit