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Optician Books Week Fundraising For Claire House

Thursday, 28 July 2011

A RUNCORN optician has come up with a novel way of raising money for children's hospice, Claire House - by holding a book week.

To mark the latest series of Channel 4's TV Book Club, Specsavers in Runcorn is holding a bring and buy book sale at the store on Bridge Walk between August 8th and 14th.

All proceeds will go to Claire House, which is the children's hospice for Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales.

Meanwhile, the store is also working with libraries across Halton to offer anybody who takes out one of the books reviewed during the latest series of the Channel 4 Show the chance to win a free pair of designer glasses.

If that was not enough, everybody who has an eye exam at the store during the whole of August will also be given a voucher for a free book.

Store manager, Chris Graham, says: 'We're really pulling out all the stops to raise money for Claire House throughout August, and tying into the TV Book Club seemed a great idea.

'Both with our competition through Halton libraries, and through our bring and buy book sale, we'd like to encourage everyone to enjoy a good read this summer - and if you can do so while raising money for Claire House at the same time, all the better.'

The latest series of TV Book Club, which is sponsored by Specsavers, starts on More4 on June 26 and runs for eight weeks.

The chosen books for this summer's series include:

  • The Lantern, Deborah Lawrenson (Orion)
  • Moonlight Mile, Dennis Lehane (Abacus)
  • A Visit From The Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan (Corsair)
  • Night Road, Kristin Hannah (Pan)
  • The Book Of Human Skin, Michelle Lovric (Bloomsbury)
  • The Hidden Child, Camilla Läckberg (HarperCollins)
  • The Radleys, Matt Haig (Canongate)
  • Grace Williams Says It Loud, Emma Henderson (Sceptre)

To donate or buy a book to help Specsavers in its fundraising efforts, call in to the store on Bridge Walk in Halton Lea. To enter the competition, take out any of the books named above from a Halton Library between June 26 and August 14.


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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 *
  • 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 has raised over £370,000 for the charity since 2006, with almost £245,000 going towards its work in Zambia.