The team at Specsavers in Morley held an event on Saturday 27 June to celebrate the grand re-opening of their new and improved store.

£400,000 investment
Morley Specsavers has invested more than £400,000 in relocating to a new and improved store, two doors up from its existing premises. The old store, at 15 Windsor Court, closed on Saturday 20 June. The new store at Number 19 (formerly Superdrug) opened for business from Wednesday 24 June, before the grand re-opening on Saturday 27 June.

VIP appearance
To kick off the festivities, Andrea Jenkyns, newly elected MP for Morley and Outwood, cut the ribbon at 9.30am, before taking a tour of the facilities and meeting customers and staff.

The grand re-opening of the store took place during national Armed Forces Week, so staff at Morley Specsavers organised a day of celebrations with a military theme, with all proceeds going to Blind Veterans UK.

About Blind Veterans UK
Blind Veterans UK helps veterans re-learn vital life skills after losing their sight, and provides them with the tools they need to be independent in their own homes. The charity also offers learning, training and recreation opportunities and provides long-term nursing, residential and respite care. The charity was represented on the day by Graham Walker, a blind veteran who joined the Royal Corps of Transport in 1965 at the age of 18.

Visitors to the store on 27 June enjoyed a programme of live music from the Morley Amateur Operatic Society, Morley and District Concert Band, Frank Sinatra tribute Phil Fryer and local singers Dean Patrick and Joe Medlock.

A special performance in uniform from local army veteran Billy Mitchell was a highlight. Billy trained as a heavy weapons specialist and machine gunner after joining the RAF at the age of 17, and worked with the Medical Emergency Response Teams during his time in Afghanistan.

A range of activities throughout the day
There was a range of activities going on throughout the day for customers to enjoy in return for a small donation, including homemade cakes for sale, courtesy of the Specsavers staff. Face-painting was on offer from 11am-1pm, and there were some great prizes up for grabs in the community raffle, kindly contributed by a number of Morley businesses including DW Hunt Florist, Luppy’s Diner and Bennetts Butchers.

Eye tests were offered free of charge as usual, and Morley Specsavers donated £1 for each one carried out on the day.

The local branch of the Royal Voluntary Service had a stall at the event, to promote their work in the area and collect donations. The Royal Voluntary Service helps older people stay active and independent, and will be speaking to those who could benefit from their services, as well as those who might be interested in joining as volunteers themselves.

A word from the store director
Speaking about the grand re-opening, Sarah Plumpton, retail director at Specsavers in Morley, said: ‘We all so enjoyed showing off our brand new store, not only because we planned an exciting day to launch it, but also because in the longer term, it means we can provide an even better service to our loyal customers.

We were thrilled to see lots of friendly faces on the day, especially as it was in aid of such a fantastic cause.’

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