The team at Specsavers in Ilkeston visited a local special needs school to hand over the money that they have raised by holding a school-themed fun day in store.

School-themed fun day

On the August bank holiday, staff from Specsavers on Bath Street invited families in the surrounding area to come and take part in the event, which included a book sale, a cake sale and a raffle with a variety of back to school prizes including pens, pencils and notebooks. Children under the age of 16 were able to receive free eye examinations on the day, with adults also benefitting from discounted £10 tests.

The day raised a total of £213, which was donated to the school by store director Krishna Parmar and customer service manager, Lorna Imlach. Bennerley Fields is a special school for children aged two to 16, which includes an assessment nursery for 84 pupils with a range of learning difficulties and diverse needs. The school has specialist status for communication and interaction, which underpins all teaching and learning.

A word from store manager Krishna

‘We were delighted to be able to visit the store in person to give the cheque and we are greatly looking forward to it,’ said Krishna. ‘It was fantastic to meet the children and learn more about the amazing work that the school does. Our local community is very important to us, and in particular doing what we can for very special causes.’

Children’s sight can have a huge impact on their learning and development. Around 80% of everything a child learns is through their vision, so even a minor problem with a child’s sight can mean they suffer huge setbacks at school. Children’s eyes continue developing until the age of eight and many common eye conditions are easily resolved if detected before that age.

Krishna added: ‘We were delighted to welcome lots of local children into the store over our fundraising weekend and want to say a big thank you to all our customers who came along.’

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