KIND-HEARTED staff at the Specsavers Fareham store have helped to make a special young boy’s New Year by lining him up for a special gift.
Five-year-old Jesse Morgan regularly entertains staff when he visits the store, giving them his happy smile, songs and dances – so dispensing optician Jennie Norton nominated him for the company’s Big Christmas Give.
The nomination was successful and this week staff invited Jesse in for an eye test so they can create some high-end designer sunglasses for him with lenses that meet his unusual prescription.
Lisa Milton, a director at the store, says: ‘Jesse is always so excited to come in and tell us about his day. He sings to us all and asks us questions. He has never cried, caused a scene or refused to try on spectacles, even on his first visit when he was two.
‘His mum has been incredible, too. She’s completely invested in doing the right thing for him. So we thought that some prescription sunglasses with high-index lenses would be a perfect gift for Jesse.
‘We wanted to make Jesse and his family smile and be aware that while we help them, they also help us by being so inspiring. They’re such a lovely family, so they deserve the chance to feel celebrated.’
Jesse’s mum Emma said he was ‘thrilled’ when she told him that he was among the chosen winners of Specsavers.
She adds: ‘It’s amazing. We still can’t believe it. It’s such a lovely surprise. I’m biased as his mum, but Jesse really is a lovely boy and he’s good as gold when he goes to the store.
‘In the three years Jessie’s been going there, the staff have always been so helpful and supportive. He always looks forward to going. He loves them there. He likes to sing for them and he likes to dance.
‘His prescription is extremely high, but the store have gone above and beyond to make sure he will have great sunglasses with the right lenses. We’re so grateful for this thoughtful gift.’