Opticians Raises Funds For Local Orthoptic Department
Tuesday, 09 March 2010
A LOCAL opticians in Lincoln has helped raise funds for children struggling with reading difficulties.
The team at Specsavers in Lincoln Morrisons raised £120 towards the purchase of a diagnostic tool used in the assessment of reading difficulties at the Orthoptic Department, Lincoln County Hospital.
The store held a raffle with prizes donated from local businesses including B&Q, Starbucks, Oceans Beauty and Strands. It also raised funds by holding a bake day, with the Specsavers team bringing in home-made treats for customers in return for small donations.
Paul Hurdley, Lincoln Morrisons Specsavers store director, says 'We're really proud to be working with our local NHS trust to raise funds for this very useful testing kit.
'Establishing whether children are experiencing any eyecare problems isn't as easy as you might imagine and this new piece of equipment will go a long way to aid diagnosis.
'The fact that our local NHS Orthoptic Department now has this diagnostic test means that children in our area who are experiencing reading difficulties now have access to the latest equipment.'
Often teachers or parents will notice children are having difficulty reading and one of the first steps is to visit the optician for an eye examination. If the optician can't detect anything, children may then be referred to the Ophthalmic Department for further tests to establish diagnoses or rule out any unnecessary concern.
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 more than 1,425 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
- Greater than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * - nine and a half million glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2008
- Specsavers share by volume of the total optical market (including retailers that are not opticians) is 35%. Our share of the opticians market is 38%.*
- Specsavers is the largest retail provider of home delivery contact lenses in Europe and one of the top two retail suppliers of continuous wear lenses in the world
- Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and offer a hearing service from more than 400 locations.
- Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf People. During their three year support for Diabetes UK they raised more than £250,000 to fund research into diabetic retinopathy
- 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
*GfK Home Audit (Dec 2008)