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Optician Show Spec-Tacular Fundraising Spirit

Thursday, 25 February 2010

A LOCAL opticians has kicked off its major fundraising drive in style this week, with the first in its series of Fun Fridays which aim to raise thousands of pounds for international vision charity Sightsavers.


The team at Specsavers on Market Place donned fancy dress themed around the letter 'S' on Friday 19th February, with plenty of team spirit on show as staff members modelled their creative costume ideas.  The store will be running the aptly named Fun Fridays on alternate weeks, with the lettered theme spelling out the name of the beneficiary charity.


Specsavers' fundraising drive will culminate in a seven-strong team from the store undertaking the famous Three Peaks Challenge on 12th and 13th June, which will see the dedicated bunch taking on Ben Nevis, Helvellyn and Snowdon, all within 24 hours.


In addition to the collection buckets around the store, Specsavers Retford will also be donating £1 from every pair of Ultraclear specs ordered in the run up to the Three Peaks Challenge to the charity, to help further boost the total amount raised.


Staff are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for Sightsavers International in their work to help combat blindness in developing countries, restoring sight through specialist treatment and eyecare, and providing support for the irreversibly blind.


Karen Allan, store manager at Specsavers Retford, comments: 'Our team were very keen to help raise funds for a cause which provides essential eyecare and treatment in the developing world - something that we take very much for granted in this country.


'Last year alone, Sightsavers treated over 3.7 million people for potentially blinding conditions and provided training and support to thousands of irreversibly blind people worldwide.  We're hoping that Retford's shoppers will drop into store and lend us their support on Fun Fridays as every penny raised will make a very real difference.'


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Picture caption: Specsavers Retford team members Janet Clark, Karen Allan,

Marina Cuckson, Jill Leighton, Lynn Fisher, Ross Dack, Laura Curbishley

Michelle Cook and Yadviha Kirdzik kick off 'Fun Fridays' in 'S'tyle.


Specsavers notes to editors                                                                             Feb 2010                  

  • 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 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)