Hampshire opticians are helping children in the Philippines to stay safe by making a special donation.

Specsavers stores, located at Bitterne, Shirley and Totton, donated hundreds of high-visibility vests to the Purple Community Fund (PCF), a charity founded by Jane Walker MBE, which helps people living in the most depressed area of the Philippines.

Specsavers donated the vests to help keep children safe in these areas.

A word from Specsavers

Leighton Simmons, store director at Specsavers in Bitterne, Shirley and Totton said: ‘PCF does wonderful life-changing work reaching out to communities that live in squalid shanty towns by city rubbish dumps where residents search for recyclable rubbish to sell.

‘PCF community schools, feeding and health programmes help rescue child labourers as young as four years old from the rubbish dumps. Adult skills training and livelihood projects offer families an alternative income to waste picking.

‘Specsavers Bitterne, Shirley and Totton wanted to support PCF’s great work so we sent a donation of high-visibility vests for the children at PCF community schools to promote child safety. Pictured here with the children is local lady Abbie Elsey from Sholing who volunteered with the charity for a month.’

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