We are proud and amazed to announce that for the 3rd year in a row we have been shortlisted for The Optician Awards Finals in 2 categories: Independent Practice of the Year Technology Practice ofthe Year. Disappointingly, we are the only representatives this year from the North East of England and so hope to do the region proud.
North East Business Awards
In the same week we have been informed that we are finalists for the “Heart of the Community” in the North East Business Awards. Thank you once again to our loyal clientelle.
For a small monthly fee you can benefit from all of the latest technology every year and obtain 30% off every pair of glasses. Please ask one of our fully trained helpful staff members about the 2020 eyeplan scheme. Or if you’d like to drop us a line, please use our contact page.
Nigel, Judith, Lorna, John, Tracy, Sue and Michelle are all running the Great North Run in aid of The Anthony Nolan Trust.The lady holding the shirt is receptionist Lorna Bourne whose husband Derek has undergone a successful bone marrow transplant whic was organised by The Trust. “We are all so grateful for the care Derek has received that we were desperate to do our bit in return” comments Lorna. The rest of the team will be providing back up and locum optometrist Gary McMullen is running on behalf of Fight for Sight
Robinson Optometrists continue to help the community, this time by sponsoring the shirts of Rockliffe Rugby Club’s under 16 rugby team. Known as the “family club”, Rockliffe are proud to wear the Robinson logo on their shirts.
If you haven’t read about it already, seen it on TV or heard it on the radio, genuine local hero Mark Allison on Saturday started his run across the USA. California to New York City in just 100 days, an average of 31 miles a day. In Mark’s own words “ Yes that’s right I’ll be running it, not walking, not cycling, not driving, running..and possibly crawling on hands and knees at times!” The aim is to raise £50 000 for two Great North East Charities, “The Children’s Foundation and St. Benedict’s Hospice. Mark is no stranger to huge fundraising challenges, having raised £34 000 in Summer 2007 with an 874 mile run from John O Groats to Lands End in 37 days.
The Children’s Foundation has always been very dear to Mark’s heart and St. Benedict’s Hospice nursed his mum as she “spent her final days battling cancer and was ensured a dignified end to her life”.
Local optometrists Nigel and Judith Robinson from Robinson Optometrists Monkseaton first heard of Mark’s quest as they attended a session of the hugely popular Tynemouth Bootcamp run by fitness coach Dave Fairlamb. The couple were fascinated by the enormity of the task, but being optometrists were keen to quiz Mark about his eye protection. He has a huge potential for UV exposure, especially running through such hostile environments as The Mojave Desert, the driest and hottest of America’s deserts stretching from Southern California to Nevada.
“ It’s probably the last thing on Mark’s mind but the depletion in the ozone layer means that we should all be aware of protective lenses. Prolonged exposure to UV light can damage the lens in your eye causing cataracts and can be a contributing factor to macula degeneration in later life.” comments Nigel. “We were delighted to be able to supply a pair of the latest Oakley Sunglasses, the choice of all true athletes. Oakley Plutonite lens material stops every wavelength of radiathttp://www.newsguardian.co.uk/ion from the sun’s thermonuclear furnace, not just the lower wavelength UVA. We rest easy knowing that Mark’s eyes will be well protected. We urge everyone to visit his website www.rungeordierun.com where you will be able to track his progress. Please sponsor him. He is an amazing guy and efforts like this you will only see once in a lifetime. We wish him the very best of luck”
Mr. Fairlamb, who also owns and runs a commercial gym on Hawkey’s Lane comments “ I have never ever known anyone mentally as tough as Mark! If he doesn’t break a leg he will make it!” Mark was given a great send off from his final Bootcanp session, all proceeds being donated by Dave to the cause.
Above photo Nigel Robinson, Mark Allison and Dave Fairlamb at Mark’s final session of Bootcamp before his adventure begins.
This years National Opticians Awards were held at The NEC Hilton, Birmingham. Despite being shortlisted as finalists, we didn’t win this year but it would have been the icing on the cake. We did make it into the News Guardian newspaper though, and we’ve created an Awards page to record our growing list of recognised success.
We are proud to announce that, despite the largest entry ever, we have again been shortlisted for The National Independent Practice of The Year, which this year is to be held at The NEC Hilton, Birmingham. Judith has also done an incredible job in being nominated for Contact Lens practitioner of the Year and the icing on the cake is the “green” nomination for Paperless Practice Of The Year. The finals are to be held on April 9th and will include stars from Strictly Come Dancing.
We will again be taking a team of seven to represent the Practice and win or lose we aim to enjoy the celebrations. Watch this space for the result !
Judith Robinson, shortlisted for Contact Lens Practitioner Of The Year 2011
World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired held on the second Thursday in October. This year World Sight Day falls on October 14th. To support the initiative Robinson Optometrists will be donating £10 for every examination undertaken.
News Update :We raised £180 for the Vision Aid Overseas charity. Thanks to all our customers for supporting us!
Jayne is our latest member of the team joining us in july 2010. We had been searching for a first rate dispensing optician and certainly feel that Jayne fulfills this role. She worked in a manufacturing prescription house for 16 years and so has a fantastic knowledge of lenses available and finding the best lens for your needs.She qualified as an optical technician but then felt she would like to have more contact with patients and so moved into a practice environment where she became a Fellow of the British Dispensing opticians.Having worked as an area manager for a local chain, she decided to embark on this new venture with Robinson Optometrists.