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Local Mountaineer Set His Sights Top

Wednesday, 03 November 2010

A LOCAL opticians is full of praise for Lincoln amputee Andrew Skinner, who has achieved his ultimate dream of climbing to the top of one of the world's most challenging peaks.


Lincoln Specsavers, based at Morrisons on Centaur Road, donated a pair of polarised sunglasses to its long-standing customer to support him in his bid to combat Africa's highest point, Mount Kilimanjaro.


Mr Skinner was given a pair of Quiksilver frames with polarised lenses, worth more than £185. In stopping glare better than usual UVA filter lenses and reducing the reflection from the snow, they helped improve his vision in the strong light conditions he experienced while trekking up the mountain.


The 40-year-old from Skellingthorpe in Lincoln is an above-the-knee amputee. He is a member of the Paralympics' Great British Volleyball squad, and set his sights on conquering the gruelling challenge to raise money for Limbpower, a charity which specialises in offering relief to the physically disabled.


Mr Skinner, along with six other amputees and nine support staff, embarked upon his biggest challenge to date last month and arrived safely back last week, raising more than £18, 000 for Limbpower.


'I've always been an extremely active person and I didn't want my disability to stop me from achieving the goals I still wanted to reach.


'The Mount Kilimanjaro challenge was my biggest to date and I hope my adventure can inspire other amputees that they can still enjoy an active lifestyle and achieve their own goals - no matter how small the challenge may be.'


Paul Hurdley, store director at Lincoln Morrisons Specsavers says: 'Andrew is truly an inspiration to all of us. When we heard about Andrew's plight to fulfil a life-time ambition, we wanted to help in any way possible.


'People don't often realise how important it is to take care of your eyes in different light conditions which your eyes aren't used to. The polarised lenses helped Andrew by improving his vision in the strong light he faced on the snow-topped mountain, meaning he could concentrate on battling the other extreme physical conditions mountaineers face while trekking to the top.'






Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Opticians


1. Eyecare Trust Nov 2008: http://www.eyecaretrust.org.uk/view.php?item_id=544





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  • 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
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.