The Market Square’s store director Sarah Burchett has recently been awarded the title of Optometrist of the Year in the Macular Society's national Awards for Excellence.
'It was one of the most inspirational events I have ever attended, and receiving the award on behalf of the store team was very humbling,' says a delighted Sarah who was presented with her award at a prestigious event held in London.
Sarah had been nominated by Guernsey Macular Society support group co-founder Bill Gardiner who explains why she was chosen: ‘She was nominated because of her unstinting support for our group and her willingness to raise awareness of macular conditions. She also regularly raises money for the Society and the Judges said she had demonstrated exceptional commitment to community engagement.'
'When I heard, I was thinking 'are you sure it's me?' As a team we're over the moon, it's really great, especially that a member of the Macular Society in Guernsey nominated us.' An excited Sarah shares.
‘We love supporting the local group and raising awareness about macular degeneration, which many people don't know is the leading cause of blindness in the UK. There are around 1,000 people in Guernsey with the eye disease alone.
It causes sufferers to gradually lose their central vision and has a huge impact on their lives as loss of vision often means they can’t perform everyday tasks such as driving, reading or watching television.’
The Guernsey Specsavers store, owned by Sarah and Dominic Burchett along with Chris Goldsborough, donated £1 from every eye test carried out in March 2016 to the society.
‘The money from the generosity of Specsavers enabled us to donate some to the Macular Society in the UK which funds essential research into macular degeneration as well as the local group’ , says Bill whose local group organises talks and gives members the opportunity to meet with fellow sufferers.