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Opticians Run

Thursday, 25 March 2010


STAFF at a local opticians completed the Lincoln 10k race this weekend in a bid to raise money for charity.


Steve Tweddle, Matt Day and Sean Murray - all from the Lincoln High Street Specsavers store - have raised more than £1, 200 through sponsorship from family, friends, colleagues and generous customers.


The annual race, which culminates at Lincoln Castle, invites runners to choose a charity of their choice or to run just for fun!


Steve ran for Lives First Responder, a voluntary emergency organisation committed to saving lives in Lincolnshire. Matt ran for national charity Cancer Research UK

while Sean is supporting Three Counties Dog Rescue, which looks after lost, unwanted and stray dogs across the region.


Paul Hurdley, store director of Lincoln High Street Specsavers, says: 'We're really proud of the guys - running10k is no small challenge and they definitely deserve to put their feet up for a while!


'The Specsavers team alone donated more than £300 and we can't thank everyone else who supported the guys enough from their generosity towards the three charities. I know the chaps were nervous before the race but everyone's support and encouragement really spurred them on to keep going and cross the finish line.'




Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers in Lincoln High Street.





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)