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Opticians Give Gift Sight Developing Countries

Thursday, 18 June 2009

The generosity of Tring residents in supporting a local opticians' glasses recycling scheme should help more than 100 people in the developing world see more clearly.

Specsavers in Tring is supporting the Lions Club appeal as part of its first anniversary celebrations this month. For the past few weeks Specsavers has been asking customers to donate old and unwanted glasses which then will be recycled and re-dispensed to underprivileged individuals in the developing world.

Store director, David Macro, says: 'We are very proud to have collected so many glasses for such a worthwhile cause and there is still time to donate more. This is all down to the generosity of local people recognising the potential of their old specs. Donating unwanted glasses to the Lions really can give the gift of sight to someone for the first time in their lives.'

Hazel Butler, president of the Lions Club of Tring says: 'I'd like to offer my thanks to Specsavers in Tring for their support for our work. Last year Lions Club International donated more than 300,000 spectacles and with Specsavers help we're aiming to beat that amount this year.'

The local club was founded in 1973 and is part of the Lions Clubs International. The group is made up of local men and women who provide voluntary services throughout their community. Find out more about the Tring Lions by visiting their website at www.tringlions.org.uk

Unwanted glasses will continue to be collected over the next few months. To drop off your old glasses or to book an appointment, please visit the Tring Specsavers 8 Dolphin Square HP23 5BN or call on call 01442 828 778

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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 eldest son John is joint managing director
  • Specsavers has more than 1,260 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 £1.05 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 26,000 staff
  • Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the seventh year running by Reader's Digest in 2008
  • 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 offers a hearing service from more than 400 locations
  • 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