Richmond eyecare experts are hosting a fundraising drive for service people in recovery in the district.

The team from Specsavers in Richmond is celebrating the relaunch of the new-look King Street store by giving back to the community and supporting the work of Phoenix House Recovery Centre.

During the store’s relaunch weekend (Saturday 10 October until Sunday 11 October), the community eyecare specialists will be donating £1 for every eye test carried out to the recovery centre, which is run by Help for Heroes and supported by the Royal British Legion. Antony Went of the charity will also cut the ribbon and declare the revamped store open at 12.30pm on Saturday. Donations will be taken for the charity throughout the weekend.

A word from the store director 

Ross Campbell, store director at Specsavers in Richmond, said: ‘We recognise we are very fortunate to be celebrating the relaunch of our new-look store and we want to use this occasion to highlight an important cause in our community, which has been our home for the last seven years.

‘Phoenix House does inspiring work to help wounded service people and we hope that we raise a fine sum to show our appreciation as a community and to support its efforts going forward.’

New look store

On launch day, the store will also be hosting an open day to allow residents to experience the new innovative shopping experience in-store.

During the £100,000 refit, the store’s traditional reception desks were replaced with mobile, standing and seated service points, and customers’ details will now be registered on tablet devices, which are also used to measure and dispense their glasses. The concept, which is being rolled out across all Specsavers stores, is the first of its kind in optics. The store has also welcomed the addition of a dedicated Hearcare testing room during the works.

Phoenix House recovery centre aims to inspire those who have been wounded, injured or become sick while serving the country and enable them to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives.

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