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Opticians Dedication To Community Is Clear To See

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

A TEAM of fundraisers at Specsavers Chesterfield store have presented a cheque for £1, 560 to the local Children's Community Nursing team to fund a much-needed blood pressure monitor machine.

The store raised the substantial amount through a charity race night organised by dispensing manager Gareth Webster, which was held at St Hugh's Church in Newbold.

Cash was raised through a combination of race night ticket sales, donations and the total was further boosted through the drinks sold on the night with guests toasting their winnings as their horses romped home.

This is the eighth year that the Specsavers Chesterfield store has leant its support to Children's Community Nursing, based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. The team is dedicated to visiting sick children in their homes and provides support for their families in order to provide a better quality of life.

Rob Hurdley, store director at Specsavers Chesterfield, comments: 'Our staff are very proud to support this deserving local cause which does such exceptional work in our community.  The support that Children's Community Nursing provides to parents and children across our region is of utmost importance and it's vital that this good work can continue.

Our commitment to the team is on-going and we hope to raise sufficient funds for a second machine later this year.'

Helen Parker from Children's Community Nursing, adds: 'This substantial donation from Specsavers will fund a new blood pressure monitor, enabling us to carry out procedures in the familiar and comforting surroundings of the children's homes.  We'd like to thank the team and all the guests who attended the charity evening for all their support.'



Issued by Beattie Communications www.beattiegroup.com on behalf of Specsavers Chesterfield




Specsavers notes to editors                                                                  Sept 08


  • 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 eldest son John is joint managing director
  • Specsavers has more than 1080 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain and Australia
  • Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.05 billion for the financial year 2008/9
  • The group plans to continue its successful international expansion by opening stores in New Zealand
  • Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners.
  • Specsavers employs more than 17,000 staff
  • Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the seventh year running by Reader's Digest in 2008
  • Specsavers has 36% of the market share in the UK
  • One in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers Opticians - eight and a half million glasses were sold during 2007
  • 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 will offer a hearing service from more than 400 locations by the end of 2008
  • Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Diabetes UK, for whom they have raised more than £250,000 to fund research into diabetic retinopathy
  • Since 2003 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 2007)