The team at a Wigston opticians will be monkeying around next week (16-21 November) all in the name of raising funds for Twycross Zoo.


In store safari

Staff from Specsavers on Bell Street in Wigston will be creating their own safari in store, dressed as giraffes, zebras and monkeys, all sporting full personal protective equipment (PPE) in line with the government guidelines. The store will be donating £5 from every OCT (optical coherence tomography)* scan during the week (16-21 November) to Twycross Zoo.


Calling all creatives

The store is also calling on the creative skills of local children encouraging them to enter the safari calendar competition. Entries, under the theme of animals and opticians, can be sent or emailed to the store by 1 December 2020. The 12 favourite entries judged by the store’s directors will then be used to create a 2021 calendar – with funds raised going to the Zoo.


Sadly, as a result of the pandemic, Twycross Zoo is in desperate need of funds to help ensure its survival.


Entries for the calendar competition can be emailed to

or posted to 36 Bell Street, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 1AD, before the deadline of 1 December 2020.  Entries are open to any child under the age of 16.


As providers of an essential health service, Specsavers stores across England remain open for all eye care and hearing needs. The store has put in place various safety measures, including restrictions on the number of customers allowed in store at any one-time, social distancing, and bank card instead of cash payments, where possible.


A word from the Specsavers store director

‘We wanted to do something positive and hope that as well as raising some funds for Zoo that we also may bring a smile to our customers’ faces,’ comments Kay Chotai, Specsavers store director Wigston.


‘Our priority is of course the welfare of our team and our customers so we want to reassure people that while we’ll be dressing up, we will still retain the strict safety standards. We’re also excited to see what our local budding young artists can create for us – no doubt there will be some interesting spectacle-wearing animals appearing in our inbox.’


*OCT is a hospital-grade piece of equipment that uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of the eye and beyond, looking right back to the optic nerve and creating a cross-section view.  The scan costs £10 which is not covered by the NHS examination.


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