Opticians Eye Up Chance To Educate Local Children
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
A LOCAL opticians in Gainsborough has been educating primary school children on the importance of eye health before schools break up for summer.
For the past few weeks, staff members from Specsavers in Marshall's Yard have visited seven primary schools in the area with the vision to improve children's awareness on the importance of their eyes.
Claire Moody and Donna Espin, both optical assistants at Specsavers, donated five Eye Spy packs to each of the schools. These educational resources are crammed full of fun activities aswell as information on eyecare. Teachers are being encouraged to use the packs at Key Stage 2 level and incorporate them into lessons.
Jacqui Nicol, store director at Specsavers in Gainsborough, says: 'We were really keen to help the local area by bringing our expertise into schools to educate not only children, but teachers and parents alike.
'Our Eye Spy packs teach children the basics of how the eye works and how to look after them, while at the same time provide parents with essential advice on the importance of regular eye examinations.
'We hope the packs will be valuable to all schools involved in what has been a fantastic opportunity to engage with the local community.'
Eye examinations and glasses are available free of charge through the NHS for all children under 16 at the Specsavers store. To book an appointment, call the store on 01427 619 870.
Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Opticians
Specsavers notes to editors March 10
- 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
- Over 70% (4.5m) of all Specsavers eye tests in the UK are NHS-funded.
- 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)