An optical worker from Ripley has teamed up with her mum to crochet 70 pairs of hearts after seeing an appeal from a Nottingham nurse.


The pairs of hearts provide a bit of comfort for families and patients who are separated during hospital treatment. One heart is kept by the family and the other stays with the patient as a reminder of their connection during their painful separation.


Rebecca Middleton, the novice crafter, was looking for an activity to keep her mind busy while furloughed from her role of in-store trainer at Ripley Specsavers, which is now open only for urgent and essential eye and hearing care.


‘It was such a moving request, I decided to teach myself to crochet,’ said Rebecca. ‘It’s been so relaxing and rewarding to make these hearts, knowing it will bring some comfort to people who are suffering.’


A word from the store director

‘I could not be prouder of our brilliant team in these very difficult times,’ said store director, Kuldip Dosanjh. ‘It’s wonderful that Rebecca has found a way to do something to make a difference even while she’s not at work.’


Open for care

Specsavers' teams are classed as key workers to provide urgent and essential eye care to those who need it. This includes supporting other key workers who couldn’t function without their help and people who would come to harm without their health expertise, especially where the usual hospital services and NHS facilities are being prioritised for the fight against COVID-19.


Customers with urgent concerns can use a new RemoteCare service, which allows video consultations online or phone the store - 01773 741515 - for advice and to be assessed on the level of care that they might need. Glasses and contact lenses can also be purchased online for customers with a current prescription.


Specsavers has set up an Ask the Expert group on Facebook for people to ask our team of expert optometrists and audiologists questions they might have about their sight or hearing while stores are open for urgent and essential appointments only.


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