13th October 2016
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Sarah Burchett, store director of Specsavers Opticians Market Street, has been awarded the title Optometrist of the Year in the Macular Society's UK Awards for Excellence.

Sarah was nominated for the award by Guernsey Macular Society support group co-founder Bill Gardiner. Bill explains why she was chosen: "She was nominated because of her unstinting support for our group and her willingness to raise awareness of macular conditions. She also regularly raises money for the Society and the Judges said she had demonstrated exceptional commitment to community engagement."

The local Macular Society group run by Bill acts as a support group for sufferers of macular degeneration, which can cause blindness, allowing them to meet up and attend talks.

Specsavers are a big supporter of the Macular Society in Guernsey, as Sarah relates: "We love supporting the local group and raising awareness about macular degeneration, which many people don't know is the leading cause of blindness in the UK. There are around 1,000 people in Guernsey with the eye disease alone. It causes sufferers to gradually lose their central vision and has a huge impact on their lives as loss of vision often means they can't perform everyday tasks such as driving, reading or watching television."

Specsavers Opticians in Market Street recently donated £1 from every eye test they carried out in March 2016 to the local Macular Society. This enabled the local group to donate some of that money to the UK Macular Society to help with funding essential research into macular degeneration.

A proud and delighted Sarah was presented with her award at an awards ceremony held in London. She said: "It was one of the most inspirational events I have ever attended, and receiving the award on behalf of the store team was very humbling. When I heard, I was thinking 'are you sure it's me?' As a team we're over the moon, it's really great, especially that a member of the Macular Society in Guernsey nominated us."

We are sure that you will join us in congratulating Sarah on her well deserved award and if you would like to find out more about Specsavers Opticians Market Street you can check out their feature page here on thebestof Guernsey.

Picture shows Sarah receiving her award.

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