The team at Specsavers in Leicester has pledged its support to the Ashanti Development charity with a trip to Ghana, providing people in remote villages of the Ashanti region with essential eyecare. 

Three members of staff from Leicester Specsavers will perform sight tests and deliver donated glasses to local people during the 10 day trip, starting on Friday 7 October. 

Making a difference

Store director, Baljit Kair, will be joined on the visit by optometrists, Firoza Daya and Ahmed Daya. ‘We have already collected 1,500 pairs of customers’ unwanted specs to take with us and distribute to those who need them,’ she explained, ‘and we are currently fundraising to purchase a new retinascope for the eye clinic based in Ashanti.

‘The work that the charity does is so valuable to communities in Ghana. We are delighted to be getting involved and to be able to help people get access to eyecare that they might not otherwise receive.’

Ashanti Development is a charity run by volunteers which aims to provide remote Ghanaian villages in the Ashanti region with clean water and sanitation, healthcare, education and income generating activities. The charity’s eye clinic includes a pharmacy and provides eyecare for both local villagers and those in the wider region. Groups from Specsavers stores across the country visit the clinic each year.

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