Skipton Residents Help To Give Gift Sight

Friday, 29 January 2010

More than 500 people living in developing countries will be helped to see more clearly thanks to donations of unwanted glasses by Skipton residents.


Specsavers in Swadford Street is thanking the local community for supporting its glasses recycling scheme in aid of Vision Aid Overseas, after an impressive 514 pairs of specs were collected in 2009.


The donated glasses will be used by the UK-based charity to improve access to eyecare in countries such as Zambia and Ethiopia.


Justine Sturtivant, store director at Specsavers in Skipton says: 'This is a fantastic achievement and everyone at the store is delighted with the number of glasses we have managed to collect.


'They will really make a difference to so many people in the developing world and for us to have collected more than 500 pairs is just brilliant. Thank you to everyone who has made a donation and helped us to reach our target.'


The store will continue to collect unwanted glasses for Vision Aid Overseas in 2010. Please drop any donations in to Specsavers at 14 Swadford Street.




Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Skipton




Specsavers notes to editors                                                                             Jan 10                

  • 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 1,480 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 * - 9,700,000 glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2009
  • 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)