Jinkies! It’s Scooby

NRHNLM110226B1 - Lancaster and Thorpe family fun day. back, manager Catherine Stevenson, front optical assistant Nichola Chrich, Faith Beighton, five and optical assistant Natalie Matthews
NRHNLM110226B1 - Lancaster and Thorpe family fun day. back, manager Catherine Stevenson, front optical assistant Nichola Chrich, Faith Beighton, five and optical assistant Natalie Matthews

A RIPLEY optician for whom a keen interest in sight runs in the family has raised more than £300 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Catherine Stevenson, manager at Lancaster and Thorpe opticians on Oxford Street, dressed up as Scooby Doo for a fun day on Saturday. Money was raised through a raffle and a ‘guess-the-name of the guide dog puppy’ competition and a grand total will be reached at the weekend.

She said: “The kids were very impressed and people in town thought it was very good we were doing something fun for a good cause.”

Catherine, 45, says she began sponsoring guide dog puppies when her grandfather, who was blinded whilst mixing gunpowder in a Staffordshire munitions factory during World War II, died ten years ago.

She said: “He lost his sight at the age of 26 and went on to have three sons - two of whom became opticians! He was an amazing man. He did his own gardening and laid a crazy paving patio!”

Catherine, whose brother is also a dispensing optician, worked for her dad until his retirement and moved to manage the Ripley shop five weeks ago.