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Ripon Residents Invited To Give Gift Sight

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

A RIPON opticians is celebrating its fifth birthday next week by asking local residents to dig out their old glasses and spare change for Vision Aid Overseas.


On Saturday 30 January, Specsavers on Fishergate is inviting customers to donate old and unwanted pairs of specs to its collection for the UK-based charity. All glasses donated will be recycled and dispensed to people in the developing world whose lives are blighted by poor eyesight. Last year the store helped 800 people living in developing countries to see more clearly thanks to donations of unwanted glasses by Ripon residents.


Specsavers will also be staging a birthday coffee morning in store. All funds raised, as well as 50p from every eye test completed on the day, will go to support the work of Vision Aid Overseas to improve access to eyecare in countries such as Zambia and Ethiopia.


Nicola Nisbet, store director at Specsavers in Ripon comments: 'We are hoping that the day will provide a fun way to celebrate our fifth anniversary with the local community as well as doing our bit to support the fantastic work of Vision Aid Overseas.


'We are aiming to get as many people as possible through the doors on Saturday to enjoy a hot drink and slice of birthday cake with us as well as collecting loads of unwanted specs and donations to send to on.'


To donate your specs or to attend the coffee morning, please visit Specsavers Opticians at 18 Fishergate, Ripon on Saturday 30 January.




Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Ripon




Specsavers notes to editors                                                                              Jan 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 more than 1,480 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
  • Greater 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 35%. Our share of the opticians market is 38%.*
  • 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 offer a hearing service from more than 400 locations.
  • Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf People. During their three year support for.Diabetes UK they 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


*GfK Home Audit (Dec 2008)