Tyrrells and Embery
The service at independent opticians Tyrrells and Embery is so impressive, customers travel from far and wide to maintain their relationship with the company. Sometimes three generations of one family are customers at any one time.
But no one travels as far as one particular couple who catch a ferry from the islands in Scotland and then makes the hundreds of miles return land journey once a year for their annual check up.
The Tyrrells and Embery business is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year with the Tyrrell family establishing their roots in Blackburn in 1928. The shop has now been in Darwen Street for more than 30 years serving primarily the East Lancashire and Ribble Valley areas.
In 2013 another leading optician Margaret Embrey joined forces with the Tyrrell enterprise and the two together have gone from strength to strength. Now it is run by head optometrist and director Haroon Ahmed who manages four other staff, all of whom will be taking part in the East Lancashire Hospice 2018 Corporate Challenge.
Haroon said: “Every six months we choose a charity of choice and decided that the corporate challenge was a great way for us to raise funds for the hospice. Our staff have had several connections with the hospice with family and friends benefiting from its services. It is such a great place that spends so much attention on detail.
“We have raised money for it in the past but this year will be special. We intend to hold a staff brainstorming to see what ideas we come up with. But I am sure there will be lots of activities over the summer months that will help us to bring in the money.”
The staff at Tyrrells and Embery range in age from 18 to late 50s so Haroon believes there is lots of scope for some wide-ranging ideas including running half marathons or 10ks, tombolas, leg waxing, cake days and other one-hit fundraisers.
Tyrrells and Embery are the sole suppliers of Lindberg frames in the region. They can be made bespoke for the customer who can even have their name lasered on the side of the frame.
The optician also provides secondary care services for eye examination. It works closely with consultants at Gisburn Park because of the advanced clinical equipment and techniques that can be carried out at the shop - making Tyrrells and Embery unique in the services it offers.
To find out more about the Corporate Challenge visit https://eastlancshospice.org.uk/corporate-challenge-2018-3 or call Jennifer in the fundraising department on 01254 287012