Opticians Dipple & Conway go quackers for children's charity

Norwich, Swaffham and Diss opticians Dipple & Conway are urging the local business community to show their creativity this summer in aid of high-profile children’s charity, Break.

Dipple and Conway are long-term supporters of Break, having raised £15,000 over the past 12 years. Break provides residential and short break facilities for children and young people with special needs.

The directors enlisted the help of two clients, identical twins Elizabeth Wilkinson and Jane Woolston, to help launch awareness of one the Norfolk’s most colourful summer fundraising spectacles – the Grand Norwich Duck Race 2018.

Martin Green, Fundraising Manager for Break, said: “It is a huge pleasure to have Dipple & Conway backing us this year. They have been fantastic supporters of Break over many years and have been an absolute pleasure to work with.” “Every member of the Conway family has been involved with us over the years and we couldn’t do what we do without partners like them.”

Break is looking for both individuals and corporate sponsors to buy a duck which they can paint in colours and designs of their own choice ready for the big River Wensum float-off at 2pm on Sunday August 26. The race, the seventh year the event has been held, starts at St George’s Bridge with the finishing line at Fye Bridge. A morning of fun, food, games and stalls will provide a build-up to the main event from 11 am. Last year the event and subsequent auction of ducks raised £15,000 for Break.

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Getting up close and personal with some of the early-entry plastic quackers at Dipple & Conway’s Norwich practice, Jane Woolston said: “My sister Elizabeth and I are thrilled to be asked to help publicise a lovely event like this. We jumped at the chance.”

Damian Conway, a director of the independent four-generation family practice started by his grandfather over a century ago, is also delighted to be combining forces with both the twins and Break to promote such a fun project.

“Break is an extremely worthwhile charity, run by very nice, committed people, who we’ve had the privilege to work with over the past 12 years,” he said. “Elizabeth and Jane are two delightful ladies who have been clients of ours for a number of years. Their business model at Lawnes Beauty Clinic in Loddon is a close fit with our own, so it is a pleasure to work with both them and Break to encourage people to sponsor and decorate ducks for the big race.”

Jane, who lives in Worlingham, near Beccles and Elizabeth, from Bungay, have their eyecare needs – including glasses and contact lenses – met by Dipple & Conway.

Elizabeth said: “Jane and I have similar tastes in styles when it comes to new glasses, although I like more stylish, unusual frames. Neither of us will buy a new pair without getting the other’s approval first, especially when choosing sunglasses. Dipple and Conway know us well and Damian is an expert judge of what works best and we happily trust his judgment too.”

Jane added: “Dipple & Conway and Lawnes are both long-established family firms who focus on a combination of wellbeing and appearance. We believe we fit together very well...and we’re delighted to join forces for such a fabulous cause.”

Dipple & Conway, who have practices in Norwich, Swaffham and Diss, are currently sponsoring one of the GoGo Hares summer-long sculpture trail which starts on June 24 to mark Break’s 50th anniversary.

Several members of staff have completed the London Marathon and others have taken part in cycling endurance events – all in aid of Break. Two years ago Dipple & Conway had a special beer brewed to mark their own centenary with a donation of 10p going to Break from every pint sold in the first three months.


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