While Specsavers in Stroud is now open for routine testing after lockdown measures have been eased, some people still have to stay at home. To help ensure they can continue to get their specs or other eyecare essentials, the store has joined a cycling delivery scheme.
The Bike Drop was set up when lockdown was first introduced, with local businesses signing up to make sure people could still get essential items. A team of five volunteers travel within a five-mile radius on pushbikes, with Specsavers on King Street being one of ten members.
Requests come in via text or email before a cyclist is dispatched to the business to pick up the item which is then safely delivered to the customer’s door. So far Specsavers has used the service 11 times, with nine of the deliveries being made the same day.
‘When we heard about the scheme through the Stroud and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce, we were keen to sign up,’ said Specsavers Stroud, store director, Riz Choonara. ‘We’ve been able to offer urgent and essential care throughout lockdown but are now fully open. We appreciate though that it’s still not possible or very difficult for some people to come into the store.
‘The Bike Drop is a fantastic initiative, one which has meant that our customers who have been self-isolating and are continuing to stay at home even now, can have their specs, eye drops or contact lenses delivered.’
‘We’ve been delighted with the response from local businesses,’ said Sandy Neisig-Moller, who worked in conjunction with Creative Sustainability to get the scheme off the ground. ‘While the project was launched as a direct result of COVID-19, we’re hopeful that it will continue for the long term now and help as part of Stroud District Council’s aim to be carbon neutral by 2030.’
Now that the store is open again for routine testing in line with the latest government and NHS guidelines, if you are able to come in, the store is encouraging customers to book an appointment in advance by phone T: 01453 766 601 or online via the store website.