Specsavers Felixstowe is celebrating 15 years of service to the community this year.
The store was opened in 2003 by director Umesh Bhoola with just one optometrist and a team of eight people. Since then he has been joined by store directors Naeem Kazi and Kele Pule and the team has expanded to nearly 35 members of staff with five optometrists.
Founding director of Specsavers in Felixstowe, Umesh Bhoola, said: ‘It’s been fantastic to be a part of the local community for the past 15 years. During our time here we have been able to help more than 100,000 people with glasses and contact lenses, as well as minor eye conditions, and we are looking forward to supporting many more in the years to come.’
100,000 customers over the years
Since 2003 Specsavers Felixstowe has been a huge part in the community – visiting local schools to educate children and young people in the importance of eye health and the biology of the eye, going to care homes and helping older people with their optical and audiological needs, and raising money and awareness for local and national charities.
In 2015 audiology director Westley Fox joined the team to offer hearing services for the town. This expands outside of the store to The Grove Centre, which Wesley visits once a week to provide audiology support.
Optical technology has improved dramatically over the years and where optometrists at the store used to work with manual testing equipment such as loose trial lenses and trial frames, they are now equipped with state-of-the-art testing machinery and digital retinal photography.
Giving back to the community
The opticians and audiologists has raised more than £30,000 for various Suffolk and UK-based causes, including a bike-a-thon in 2015 that raised £3,000 for the East Anglian Children’s Hospice, and more recently a sponsored skydive by director Naeem Kazi, who collected £800 for the Royal National Institute of Blind People.
Umesh continued: ‘It’s so important for us to give back to our community. We’re always looking for opportunities to support charities where we can.’