Run Geordie, Run

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 radiat 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 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.

Story from Whitley Bay Guardian.

Run Geordie Run cartoon image

Run Geordie Run image reproduced by kind permission of Gary Hogg.

Robinson Optometrists Shortlisted for National Opticians Awards 2011

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 !

Image of Judith Robinson

Judith Robinson, shortlisted for Contact Lens Practitioner Of The Year 2011



World Sight Day 2010

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 joins the team!

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.

We are very happy to welcome Jayne to the team.

National Opticians Awards Independent Practice of the Year, 2010

Robinson Optometrists have been awarded the title of Independent Practice of The Year. Judges commented on our highly technical practice, superb patient care, the pursuit of clinical excellence and our contribution to the Community. We would like to thank all our patients for their support.

You can read more about the occasion on the Optician Awards website.

Robinson Optometrists Shortlisted for 2010 Opticians Awards

We are delighted to inform all our patients that We have been shortlisted for “Independent Practice of the Year” in the National Awards run by Optician magazine. Ten staff from the practice are to travel to London on 17th April for the awards ceremony which is being held at The Park Lane Hilton. We would like to thank all our patients whose continued support has made this possible.

World Sight Day

For World Sight Day we are having a designer frame evening. We will be displaying the full new range of frames from :

» Chanel
» D@G

There will be an amazing £40 discount off any of these ranges. We will also have :

» Champagne reception and String Quartet
» Exciting raffle prizes
» Eye examinations available on the evening
» All exam proceeds to Vision Aid Overseas We look forward to welcoming you.