New Morley store to raise cash for blind veterans

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Frank Sinatra hits, face-painting and the and free eye tests will be on offer when a Morley opticians opens its new store.

Specsavers has organised a day of activities for charity on Saturday to celebrate the opening of its store in Windsor Court.

The event is also raising money for Blind Veterans UK as part of Armed Forces Week.

Morley MP Andrea Jenkyns will officially open the store at 9.30am before meeting customers and staff.

There will be live music performances from Morley and District Concert Band, Frank Sinatra tribute act Phil Fryer, local signers Dean Patrick and Joe Medlock and Morley Amateur Operatic Society.

Retail director Sarah Plumpton said: “We’re all so looking forward to showing off our brand new store, not only because we’ve planned an exciting day to launch it, but also because in the longer term, it means we can provide an even better service to our loyal customers.

“We hope as many people as possible come along and join in the fun, especially as it’s in aid of such a fantastic cause.”

Army veteran Billy Mitchell, from Morley, will also make an appearance in uniform.

Billy trained as a heavy weapons specialist and machine gunner after joining the RAF at the age of 17, and worked with emergency response teams while serving in Afghanistan.

Specsavers spent more than £400,000 relocating to the new store - two doors away from its old premises which closed on Saturday.

The event will also feature a cake sale, face-painting, a raffle and free eye tests.

The Royal Voluntary service will have a stall at the opening to attract volunteers.

Blind Veterans UK helps veterans who have lost their site re-learn vital life skills.

It supports people to help them become independent in their own homes.

The charity offers learning, training and recreation opportunities and provides long-term nursing, residential and respite care

Specsavers’ new store will have six testing rooms including one dedicated for contact lenses and one fitted with a sound booth for hearing tests.

Four new employees have joining opticians as part of the move. People who want to donate a raffle prize should contact Paige Smith on 0113 3075400.