A local opticians is marking ten years in the community by donating over 10,000 pairs of specs to charity. Specsavers on Morningside Road will mark its big birthday on Saturday 2 March with the gift to sight charity, Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).
The used and unwanted specs from the community, which have been collected in store over the last 12 months, will be recycled by the charity and the proceeds used to help build vision centres, train local eye care workers and deliver optical services in remote communities in Africa.
The team will also mark the special occasion by welcoming a giant Minion mascot into store. Customers will be welcomed to store through a balloon arch and there will be a birthday cake.
The opticians first opened in 2009 with a single test room facility and seven team members. Today, following continued investment, it has a team of 16 optical and audiology experts and carries out around 140 tests every week from three dedicated test rooms.
Reflecting on a decade
Michael O’Kane, director at Specsavers in Morningside, said: 'We have had a wonderful 10 years here in Morningside, investing in our store, our team and our community.
'One of the recent highlights was winning Technology Practice of the Year in 2018 at the Opticians Awards. We are committed to offering the very best in technology to our customers and this was a fantastic moment for our team.
'It’s important to us that we also make time to give back and support special causes, and that’s what we’ll be doing to mark our anniversary this year. Customers have helped us amass such a fantastic sum of old and unwanted specs, which will now be put to very good use, helping those in most need of eye care services in the developing world.
'We hope customers old and new can join us for our celebrations in store on Saturday.'