Guiseley Duo To Take Ejector Seat For Leeds Childrens Hospital
Friday, 04 March 2011
TWO optical assistants from Guiseley are raising money for a Leeds charity by doing a bungee with a difference.
Alison Allinson and Nikki Weedon from the Guiseley Specsavers store will be fired into the air in a reverse bungee on Sunday 6 March in aid of the Dr Joe Jaffe Hospital Support Charity.
The charity was formed to raise money to buy specialist equipment for renal units. This bungee event, at the Farmers Pub in Pudsey at 12pm, is supporting the New Children's Hospital: Renal & Liver Appeal in Leeds.
Anjham Akbar, store director in Guiseley says: 'Nikki and Alison are very brave for doing this. It's a fabulous cause and we're supporting them all the way.'
The brave pair will be fired upwards in a two-seater pod at three to five times the force of gravity in what's been described as an 'ejector-seat experience'.
Nikki says: 'We were approached by the charity to do something and we felt it was too good an opportunity to ignore. I just hope we can raise enough money to really make a difference.'
To make a donation and support Alison and Nikki, please contact the Dr Joe Jaffe Hospital Support Charity on: 0161 338 2796
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Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Guiseley
Specsavers notes to editors
- Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world
- The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their son John is joint managing director
- Specsavers has nearly 1,500 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
- Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.4 billion in 2009/10
- Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners
- Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
- Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the eighth year running by Reader's Digest in 2009
- More than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * - 9,700,000 glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2009
- Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and offers a hearing service from more than 400 locations
- Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. During its three-year support for Diabetes UK it raised more than £250,000 to fund various projects
- Since 2003 more than a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas, for use in developing countries. Specsavers stores across Britain raised more than £300,000 in 2009 to fund a dedicated eyecare clinic and teaching facility in Zambia, supported by Vision Aid Overseas. Stores will raise an additional £300,000 to continue the project.
- Raised more than £300,000 in 2009 to fund a dedicated eyecare clinic and teaching facility in Zambia, supported by Vision Aid Overseas. Stores will raise an additional £300,000 to continue the project.