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York Residents Help Give Gift Sightagain

Tuesday, 01 September 2009

Specsavers in York has helped a further 200 people living in developing countries to see more clearly thanks to donations of unwanted glasses.

Following a donation of 150 pairs of Spectacles to Vision Aid Overseas earlier this year the opticians, based on Low Ousegate, is once again extending its thanks to the community after its glasses recycling scheme received a further 200 pairs.

The grand total of 204 pairs of glasses has been reached following just three months of collecting. The donated specs will be used by VAO to help people in the developing world to see.

Deryck Watts, store director at Specsavers in York says: 'This is a fantastic achievement and everyone at the store is delighted with the number of pairs of specs we have managed to collect.

'The glasses will really make a difference to so many people in the developing world and for us to have collected more than 200 pairs in such a short space of time is just brilliant. Thank you to everyone who has made a donation and helped us to reach our target.'




Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Opticians, York.


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 1,400 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 * - nine and a half million glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2008
  • 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 Diabetes UK, for whom they have 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)