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Leightons celebrates 87th birthday in Hollywood style

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Earlier in November, Leightons staff came together to recognise and celebrate individual and company achievements from the past year...

Hollywood glamour came to the Runneymede on Thames hotel in Egham on Saturday 7th November as over 160 members of Leightons staff came together in all their finery to celebrate 87 years of trading. The awards style evening was a fabulous affair enjoyed by all, and a perfect opportunity to commend the talented teams and individuals recognised for their outstanding efforts in company and customer service, and charity endeavours.

Basingstoke branch’s Bike for Sight team were awarded the COMMUNITY AND CHARITY AWARD for their fantastic efforts in raising over £1,200 in aid of the Retinitis Pigmentosis charity with a 137km bike ride. This is just one of the many charities that we have supported this year through the Leightons Foundation.

Farnham branch were the worthy recipients of the TEAM AWARD.  Their great team spirit and passion for providing the very best care through exceptional levels of highly personalised service has given them an excellent reputation within their local community. 


This year saw the introduction of the Leighton To LIVE… Award.  This accolade is awarded to an individual who embodies our goal to help each and every one of our customers to see, to hear, and to live. Amanda Lee from Cirencester became the award’s first recipient of this award for her ability to seamlessly support her customers in both optical and hearing care, ensuring that they have every opportunity to live their lives to the full.

Leighton’s Chairman, Richard Leighton closed the awards by presenting Gill Harvey, Area Manager with the HO Memorial Rose Bowl.  His moving speech reminded all present of the values that started the Company, and how these continue to be at the core of the business today.  In presenting the award he described how Gill has held true to these values while embracing the positive change across her group of branches.

The evening continued in to the early hours with much dancing, queues for the photo booth, and just a bit of competitive spirit on the giant Scalextric track.  Everyone enthusiastically supported the raffle, raising over £1,000 for the Leightons Foundation’s two nominated charities; Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the National Deaf Children’s Society.  We extend our thanks to our suppliers for the generous donation of prizes.


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