Skys Limit To Fundraise For Devon Air Ambulance

Friday, 17 June 2011

AN EXETER resident is embarking on a sky dive in an attempt to raise move £1,000 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

Hayley Burke, aged 25, an optical assistant at Specsavers in Exeter, will be performing the daring feat on Sunday 26 June. She will jump in tandem with another parachutist from an altitude of 15,000ft.

Miss Burke says: 'This is the second year running that I've done a skydive and I'm just as nervous now as I was the first time! I keep reminding myself it's for charity and that makes the nerves a lot easier to deal with.'

Jonathan Baumber, store director of Specsavers in Exeter, says: 'Hayley is a credit to the team and it's brilliant to have such a caring and daring person working for us. She is so committed to raising money for local charities and I know that the Devon Air Ambulance Trust will benefit hugely from Hayley's donations.

'We've set up a collection point in-store to help Hayley reach her goal, plus we will be offering specs MOTs in return for donations in the week running up to her skydive.'

Hayley adds: 'Devon Air Ambulance Trust is such a great local charity and being a local girl I see the fantastic work they do on a regular basis. Last time I skydived I raised £1,000 for Exeter Leukaemia Fund so I'm hoping that Specsavers can help me to top that.'

The Devon Air Ambulance Trust is the charity that raises the funds to keep two emergency air ambulances flying. It costs £4 million every year to keep both of the helicopters in the air.

To make a donation please visit the store at 247-248 High Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3PS. You can also call the store on 01392 210 604 or visit




Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers in Exeter



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 1,500 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group was £1.36 billion for 2009/10 and is forecast to reach £1.55 billion in 2010/11.
  • Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners. Together, they offer both optical and hearing services under one roof.
  • Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
  • Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the ninth year running by the Reader's Digest Trusted Brands survey 2010
  • 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 was ranked No 1 for both eye tests and glasses in the UK *
  • 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 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 has raised over £370,000 for the charity since 2006, with almost £245,000 going towards its work in Zambia.