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Secret Santa Appeal

Thompson Opticians were proud to be associated with the Just for Kids organsation in its quest to aid disadvantaged children this Christmas. Together with Metro and Magic Radio we helped collect thousands of presents. We would like to thank all our customers for being Secret Santas this year - Thank you.

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Ant & Dec

Ant and Dec support Just For Kids.

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Anthony McPartlin

Anthony McPartlin: “We are both very aware of the need to offer young people support and opportunities to help them achieve their potential. Just for Kids recognises where these needs lie and we would encourage all local children’s charities to see just how they could be given a helping hand.”

Declan Donnelly

Declan Donnelly: “We are delighted to be Patrons of Just for Kids especially for the chance to give something back to the area in which Ant and I grew up. The region is very close to our hearts and we are sure that thousands of children will benefit from the generosity of the people of the North East.”

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Magic People Awards 2004

Thompson Opticians sponsored the Magic People Awards 2004. Held at Bar Beyond, in 'The Gate', Newcastle.

Magic People Awards

Award Ceremony

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Local Golf Championship

Winners of the Thompson Opticians Northumberland & Durham Fire Brigade Golf Championship. Held at Blyth Golf Course 7th September 2004.

Mick Cairns & Garry Wilson

Champions: Mick Cairns (left) and Garry Wilson (right)

Alnmouth Coastal Race

Thompson Opticians sponsored the 14 mile Beadnell to Alnmouth Coastal race on Sunday July 18th.

Alnmouth Coastal Run

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Trip Of A Life Time

A Journey to the North East by a group of children from Chernobyl became the trip of a lifetime recently, thanks to the fantastic generosity of patients of Thompson Opticians.

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Claire Fleming performs an eye test on one of the children

Sixty-two children, ranging from 7 to 16 years of age, travelled to the region in July to enjoy a short break from their own region of Belarus, which continues to face turmoil following an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in April 1986. High radiation levels, have had a devastating effect on the health of millions. Life expectancy in the region is only 32 years and all of the children who visited the North East have at least one form of cancer.

A Journey to the North East by a group of children from Chernobyl became the trip of a lifetime recently, thanks to the fantastic generosity of patients of Thompson Opticians.

Sixty-two children, ranging from 7 to 16 years of age, travelled to the region in July to enjoy a short break from their own region of Belarus, which continues to face turmoil following an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in April 1986. High radiation levels, have had a devastating effect on the health of millions. Life expectancy in the region is only 32 years and all of the children who visited the North East have at least one form of cancer.

Thompson Opticians' involvement began with a request for eye-tests on the children from the Charity Chernobyl North East. Then, a request for help, from patients of Thompson Opticians resulted in endless gifts, clothing and assistance in organising events.

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Kevin Thompson - Managing Director of Thompson Opticians greets the children before their eye tests.

Marion Fleming at Thompson Opticians said the response from the patients was "unbelievable". She added: "We asked for clothes and other items for the children and received literally van loads." Marion described how other donations led to day trips, meals out and a final night party hosted by Metro FM presenter Wayne Tunnicliffe.

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MetroFM presenter Wayne Tunnicliffe gives the children a party to remember

Following the eye-tests at Thompson's Chester-le-Street branch, fourteen children were provided with glasses. Ruth Bond, co-ordinator with local charity Chernobyl North East, said that this contribution alone was of great importance because of the lack of eye-care facilities in Belarus.

However, both Ruth and Marion agreed that what was best about the whole event was being able to see first hand how much fun and happiness it had given the children. Both expressed their gratitude to all the staff and patients who gave donations or offered their time.

Thompson Opticians plans to continue supporting the children of Chernobyl, making the cause its "charity of the year" and said it will "do it all again" next year.

Keep watching this space for more updates.

Children sing a traditional song
The children sing a traditional song

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Rennington Scarecrow Festival

Thompson Opticians sponsored this years "Rennington Scarecrow Festival" with what we believe is the largest spectacle wearing scarecrow this side of the yellow brick road.

The Thompson Optician Scarecrow

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