A Thetford youth group paid a visit to a local opticians and audiologists last month to gain their badge in awareness of disabilities.

Learning about ears and eyes

Staff at Specsavers in Thetford taught 25 children from the Third Thetford Beavers about how their eyes and ears work. The children, aged six to eight years old, were split into four groups and shown around different stations in the store.

During the workshops they watched a video of an eye test, had a tour of the consulting rooms, had pictures taken of the backs of their eyes and tried on glasses.

Director of Specsavers in Thetford, Paul Clark, said: ‘It was so much fun having the Beavers in store and we were pleased to be able to help them get their badge. It is also so important for us to raise awareness about the importance of eye health among the children in our community, so we were thrilled to welcome them.’

Mission to change

Paul added: ‘Research shows over two-fifths of parents say their children haven’t had a test at an opticians in the recommended last two years (41%) and it’s our mission to change that.’

The children met optometrist Meera Shah, optical assistants Brandon Relato and David Loomes and hearcare assistant Kim Hunn.

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