Specsavers opticians in Chester-Le Street will celebrate 10 years of caring for the town’s vision this week.

Fundraising for local hospice
The store will mark the occasion by donating 10p from every £10 spent in store from Sunday 25 May until Sunday 1 June. The money raised will be donated to local charity, St. Cuthbert’s Hospice.

First customer rewarded
In addition, one of the store’s first ever customers, Mrs Doreen Summers, was presented with a pair of free specs and a bouquet of flowers by store director Ross McLachlan and his team.

Customers will also have the opportunity to win a pair of designer specs by guessing the number of recycled glasses in the jar which will be in store during the celebrations. Unwanted glasses from customers are collected in store and sent to Vision Aid Oversees on a regular basis, the next batch being used for the competition are scheduled be sent to the chairty next week.

Staff Numbers triple in a decade
The store, which first opened its doors in 2004, has tripled its number of staff from five to 15 over the 10 years it has been open and looks after the optical needs of over 25,000 local customers. 

Ross McLachlan, store director at Specsavers in Chester-Le-Street, says: ‘We have been serving the people of the town for a decade now. It’s hard to believe we will be celebrating our 10th birthday as time really has gone past so quickly.

’Over the last 10 years, we have seen major advancements in technology and attitudes towards eyecare with more people conscious about taking care of their eyesight by getting regular checks. ‘We would like to thank all of our customers for their continued support and we look forward to seeing them during our birthday celebrations.

‘We are hopeful to raise a fantastic amount of money for St. Cuthbert’s Hospice during the week, which will be a lovely way to mark our decade in Chester-Le-Street.’

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