Following a spec-tacular day of fundraising at Specsavers Bilston, a local campaign to support 13-year-old Richie Tanner – who was diagnosed with epileptic condition West Syndrome at six-months old – has received a boost of more than £600.

The team held raffles and competitions and served up an array of sweet treats, raising £604 towards a new power chair to improve Richie’s mobility. Supporting the fundraising efforts, Richie cut the ribbon to the new look store, which recently underwent a substantial refurbishment.

‘We’re really pleased to have raised so much money which will go towards buying a new power chair for Richie. His family is hoping to raise £10,000 for the chair and are now more than half way there,’ said Anthony Bashford, store manager. ‘It was lovely to have Richie and his family join us for the fundraising and we’d just like to say thank you to everybody who generously made a donation.

‘The day also marked our official re-opening following the newly-completed refurbishment and we were lucky enough to have Richie cut the ribbon. This is a significant investment for us and will support our team as we strive to deliver the very best service for each of our customers.’ 

Along with four new test rooms, the £100,000 investment has seen Specsavers Bilston fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, replacing traditional reception desks with mobile, standing and seated service points. The latest software and optical technology will also provide a more efficient and interactive service, helping customers find the most suitable frames for them and their prescription.

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