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Chesterfield Opticians Fundraising Triumph Is Clear To See

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

A DEDICATED team of fundraisers from Specsavers in Chesterfield is celebrating after raising an impressive £900 for local causes.


Gareth Webster, dispensing manager from the Burlington Street store organised a charity race night which was held recently at St Hugh's Church in Newbold.


More than 80 staff members, family and friends raised money through ticket sales and donations on the night.  Guests were greeted by traditional pie and peas to help fuel the fundraising spirit whilst they watched the horses race past the finish line.  In addition, the team enjoyed games of sit down bingo and joined in a Deal or No Deal showdown.


The money raised will aid two worthy causes, with £500 of the sum bound for Chesterfield Community Nursing and £400 being used to buy two much needed digital cameras for the histopathology department at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.  The cameras will be used as teaching aids, enabling tissue samples to be carefully documented for future training and pioneering research.


Rob Hurdley, store director at Specsavers Chesterfield comments: 'I am very proud of the team's charitable efforts and would like to thank the wider local community who have supported these two charitable causes by coming to our event.


'Children's Community Nursing is a fantastic organisation which plays a pivotal role to many across Chesterfield. The histopathology department at Sheffield is particularly close to the team's hearts and the research work carried out there is of vital importance.


'The team and I are looking forward to holding many more successful fundraising events in the coming months to help raise crucial funds for both causes.'


The Children's Community Nursing team, located at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, visits sick children in their homes and provide support for their families in order to provide a better quality of life.


Those that receive this service usually have complex or a life-limiting illness, and are provided with this support after they have left hospital. The service helps parents learn how to care for their sick children and carry out everyday nursing tasks.


Helen Parker from Children's Community Nursing, comments: 'The money kindly donated by Specsavers is going to fund a vital piece of equipment which will enable us to carry out simple procedures in the comfort of the children's own homes. This will make a huge difference to families coping with illness and we can't thank the fundraisers enough.'


Dr Kim Suvarna from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals adds: 'We are truly grateful to Specsavers for their support. The digital cameras will help us in terms of recording pathology images for case discussions and diagnosis. They will also allow us to develop our teaching for medical students as well as postgraduates. The histopathology team would like to thank everyone who donated so generously.' 





Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Chesterfield www.specsavers.co.uk/chesterfield


Specsavers notes to editors                                                                      March 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 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
  • Over 70% (4.5m) of all Specsavers eye tests in the UK are NHS-funded.
  • 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 share by volume of the total optical market (including retailers that are not opticians) is 34%. Our share of the opticians market is 39%.*
  • 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 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. 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.



*GfK NOP (Sept 2009)