Specsavers Hexam marked two decades of caring for the town’s vision with an in-store celebration and fundraising extravaganza.

Specsavers, located in the town’s Fore Street, raised £120 by donating £2 from every eye test carried out on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May to Comrades of Children Overseas (COCO) -an international charity based in Newcastle that works with communities in remote regions overseas to alleviate poverty.

More about the festivities

The store, which first opened its doors in 1995 and has 17 members of staff with a combined 107 years’ experience, also marked the special occasion with a celebration day. Store manageress and longest serving team member, Julie Stephenson, cut the anniversay cake.

One of the store's first customers, Amy Newman, was only eight years old at her first appointment. Now aged 28, Amy was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a free pair of specs for her loyalty, while ten pairs of designer specs were given away through an in-store competition.

A word from the store director

Pauline Wellsted, store director at Specsavers in Hexham, said: ‘Having reached the milestone of 20 years in the Hexam community, we wanted to do something to give back to our customers and the wider community.

We’re pleased to say our anniversary celebrations went off with a bang and with the help of the community we raised vital funds for an important locally-based charity.

We’d like to extend our thanks to Hexam residents for their support not only in our aniversary celebrations but over the last two decades. Here’s to another 20 years!’

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