Abby Peters of the Broughton team battled her fear of heights recently by abseiling down Northampton’s 400ft national lift tower to raise funds for Vision Aid Overseas.

Abby, who recently qualified as an optometrist at the Broughton Shopping Park store, completed the challenge as part of her fundraising efforts for the sight loss charity, raising over £1,700.

Vision Aid Overseas helps some of the poorest people in the world to see properly by giving them access to affordable glasses and eye care.

Facing her fears

Northampton’s Lift tower is the highest abseil in the UK and as well as raising money, determined Abby also overcame her fear of heights thanks to completing the challenge.

She said: ‘I have always been scared of heights so to face my fears head on was a great personal achievement for me.

‘I feel very passionate about the work that Vision Aid Overseas does, so that, and all the donations and support from friends, family and colleagues gave me the confidence I needed to do this.’

Heading to Africa

Now that she has completed her abseil challenge, Abby is set on a two-week trip to Zambia with three other Specsavers optical professionals on a VAO outreach trip.

During the trip to different locations each day, Abby plans set up an eye care clinic for local people and will conduct eye examinations and provide glasses for those who need them.

‘A real inspiration to us all’

Optical director at Specsavers Broughton, Kelly Gibson said: ‘We are so proud of Abby, she is an extremely valued member of the team here and has come on quite a journey during the last few months.

‘As well as qualifying as an optometrist, she has conquered her fear of heights, raised over £1,700 for charity and is heading to Zambia to provide optical care for those in need. She’s a real inspiration to us all.’

Specavers Broughton collects old glasses in store for Vision Aid Overseas. Donated glasses are recycled and the money generated is used to fund the charity’s important work.

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