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Cumbernauld Specsavers Growing Funds For Visually Impaired

Monday, 07 June 2010

STAFF at Specsavers in Cumbernauld are calling on big-hearted customers to help boost their fundraising efforts to send local visually impaired group, the Cumbernauld VIPs on a fun day out to a sensory garden.


The store is supporting the construction of a sensory garden at Glasgow's Kings Park and is keen for the Cumbernauld VIPs to be among the first to try out the outdoor experience in July when the first stage of the garden will be finished.


The garden, which is due to be completed by January 2011, will be specially designed to allow blind and visually impaired individuals to enjoy the various elements of the outdoors by appealing to alternative senses.


Specsavers in Cumbernauld is making a £1,000 donation towards the garden and will be placing collection tins at the store's reception desk to encourage staff and customers to donate to the very worthwhile project over the next few months.


Plans for the garden include a water feature, plants with rich scents and textures scattered throughout alongside long grass and trees that can be heard rustling in the breeze. 


The garden is being designed and created by volunteers from local Glasgow schools, Land Services and Friends of Kings Park, who recognise the importance of sensory projects for blind, visually impaired, deaf and autistic individuals.


Colette Murray , store manager at Cumbernauld says: 'Specsavers Cumbernauld is delighted to help provide a fun day out for the VIPs. As soon as we heard about the project we became very excited and really wanted to get involved. Sensory gardens are a really innovative way for the visually impaired to interact with the world through the other senses. This garden will appeal to everyone who wants to explore a sensory experience and we're looking forward to a whole range of visitors across Scotland visiting the garden when it opens next year.'


June Docherty, founder of Cumbernauld VIPs says: 'The VIPs are really touched by Specsavers kind offer. Our group love to get together for social days out and we're always up for trying something new so the Sensory garden should be a real treat.'


The Cumbernauld VIPs is the only group in Cumbernauld for the visually impaired. As well as enjoying regular social outings they meet to share the ups and downs that can be part of the experience of visual impairment. The group meets at Muirfield Community Centre on the first Wednesday of each month and always welcomes new members. 


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Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Opticians.


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 1,480 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 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)