Visitors to Specsavers in Sleaford were recently greeted by a band of pirates as the team put on a special pirate-themed day for children.

The event centred around a full day of clinics for children, to ensure that their vision was tested as the new school year continues. Local face painter Leanne from Colour Me Happy provided free face painting for children, and the store challenged visitors to locate their treasure on a map to win a pirate’s chest full of goodies.

The chest, which included sweets, gold coins and a £30 Odeon voucher, was won by five-year-old Emily Forman.

Prizes for best dressed

Staff decorated the store with flags, pirate hats and maps, and dressed up in pirate costumes, with a prize for the best dressed team member. Dispensing optician Sandy Gasgovne scooped the prize for her hand-sewn outfit.

Fun-filled day

‘We had a fantastic, fun-filled day in store for our pirate themed event,’ said store director Bijal Ladva. ‘It’s important to make sure that our children’s clinics are as fun as possible, so that children feel safe and happy to visit the optician.

‘We recommend that children start having tests from primary school age, so that we can monitor any changes in their vision and ensure problems are picked up on.

'Most of what children learn is visual, so making sure that their eyes are healthy is really important. We’ve seen cases where children have been mistakenly diagnosed with behavioural problems, when in fact they’ve just been unable to see properly.’

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