Specsavers in Newtown has celebrated 10 years in business with an event that raised almost £200 for charity.

Entertainment for customers

Staff decorated the store with balloons and handmade bunting, and put on entertainment for customers including a cake sale and face painting.

The celebrations also raised £192 for the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind as Specsavers staff welcomed Gordon Smith with his eight-year old guide dog, Oscar, to the store to help mark the occasion.

The store first opened on Broad Street in 2006, with David Dunlop and four members of support staff. Store manager, Helen Paxon, has also worked for the business for 10 years and, in this time, has seen workforce more than double to 12 staff.

Since opening, the number of test rooms at the store has also increased from one to three, and there is a planned refurbishment for 2017 which will take the number of test rooms to five. In 2015, Specsavers in Newtown also introduced hearcare services at the store, offering appointments with an audiologist every Monday.

‘Show our appreciation’

David Dunlop, store director at Specsavers in Newtown, said: ‘We would like to thank those who came to support us and join in with the festivities. The event was a fantastic way to show our appreciation to our loyal customers and everything we have accomplished in the decade that we’ve been trading.

‘We are all very proud to have had such a wonderful 10 years in business in Newtown and, with next year’s upcoming planned refurbishment, we look forward to the next 10 years.’

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