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Keeping It Family

Thursday, 11 March 2010

MUMS from Wigan will be glad they went to Specsavers this weekend as they will all receive a special gift to mark Mothering Sunday.


The opticians, based at Marketgate Shopping Centre, will be handing out goody bags* to all mothers coming in for sight or hearing tests throughout Sunday 14 March.


The store decided to hand out the goody bags as a thank you to the town's mums as it knows just how important they are, with many of its 68-strong workforce being made up of mother and child teams.


One such team is hearing services director Sue Gardner and her daughter Laura, the store's assistant manager, and son Tim who is a part-time optical assistant.


Assistant manager, Laura says: 'My mum is very dedicated and works hard at the store, so, like all mothers, she deserves to be spoiled.


'We've decided to give out exclusive goody bags to all mums who come in store on Sunday as a thank-you. They will contain treats guaranteed to make them feel special.'


The mother and daughter duo have worked together for eight years after Laura joined the store at just 15 years old. But they are not alone, as two other mothers work with their children at the Specsavers including optician Kath Maggs and optical assistant Gill Laithwaite.


Store director, Graeme Gardner says: 'It's a really close knit team at Wigan so we often feel like a big family. We hope everyone enjoys the gifts and that they put some well-deserved smiles on mums' faces.'


If you would like any more information about the opticians and hearing centre store, or would like to book an appointment for an eye examination, please contact Specsavers Wigan on 01942 824 480 or log onto www.specsavers.co.uk/wigan.  



*Whilst stock lasts


Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Opticians, www.specsavers.co.uk/





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 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
  • 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
  • Over 70% (4.5m) of all Specsavers eye tests in the UK are NHS-funded.
  • 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)