Youngsters in Towcester are being encouraged to seek out 34 painted rocks that will be hidden around the town to help raise money for charity and mark the opening of the new Specsavers store.

The team has been hiding the rocks which have been painted in a specs-theme by audiology director, Sam Mason. The treasure hunt, which is taking place until Sunday 15 July, has taken inspiration from Love on the Rocks which has swept Towcester by storm since launching six months ago. Once found, the rocks should be returned to the store and for each rock that is brought in, £5 will be donated to victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

‘I live locally and have been taking part in Love on the Rocks for a while now and my children really enjoy it, so I thought it would be a great way to launch the store and raise money at the same time,’ said Sam. ‘Not only will we make a donation to charity for every rock that’s brought in, but every child will also receive a free sight test for either their mum or their dad. We picked the number 34 as it was 34 years ago that Specsavers opened its first store.

‘There will also be one golden hearing rock and the finder will receive a pair of top of the range hearing aids which could benefit someone in their family. All the specs-themed rocks will be re-hidden once they are found to hopefully help us raise lots of money.’

‘This is a great opportunity to get the whole community involved as well as celebrating the opening of the store,’ said store director, Daljit Purewal. ‘We are very much looking forward to welcoming people through the door and hope that everyone gets involved and helps us raise money for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.’

The new store is open seven days a week, with hearing appointments available one day a week.

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