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Spec-Tacular Design Competition For Mansfield School Children

Friday, 11 June 2010


A LOCAL opticians is gearing up for the UK's first ever National Eye Health Week (14- 20 June) by launching a competition for school children to win a fantastic family day out.


Mansfield Specsavers is on the hunt for a local school pupil who has the talent to design their own poster to promote the importance of eye health. The lucky winner will win their family a fun-filled day out at the White Post Farm Centre in Farnsfield for up to two adults and three children.


Local school children from up to 20 schools in the area have been invited to design their very own eye health poster to help educate them and others on the importance of eye health.


Whether it's a simple sketch or a colourful painting, Mansfield Specsavers want to see what eye health means to children across the town.


Store director Imogen Hoyle comments: 'We know we have a lot of budding artists in Mansfield and we wanted to give children a real chance to shine during National Eye Health Week. We're hoping that the competition will encourage kids to get creative as well as help educate them on the importance of looking after their eye health.'


National Eye Health Week chairman, David Scott-Ralphs, says: 'Sight is the sense that people fear losing most, yet many of us don't know the best way to look after our eyes. National Eye Health Week aims to change all that.


'With more than half of all sight loss in the UK being recognised as avoidable, we thought it was time to launch an education campaign designed to make people take their eye health seriously. It is our aim to work with optical industry to improve these numbers and we would to thank Specsavers in Mansfield for their involvement.'


If you want to be in with a chance of winning, simply send your entry for the attention of Laura Penny at Mansfield Specsavers, 55 West Gate, Mansfield, NG18 1RU or drop them into store.


To find out what else is going on in your area during National Eye Health Week or to take part, visit http://www.visionmatters.org.uk/.





. 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 son John is joint managing director
  • Specsavers has more than 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. Together, they offer both optical and hearing services under one roof.
  • Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
  • Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the ninth year running by the Reader's Digest Trusted Brands survey 2010
  • 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 was ranked No 1 for both eye tests and glasses in the UK *
  • Over 70% (4.5m) of all Specsavers eye tests in the UK are NHS-funded.
  • 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.