Teams from Specsavers stores in Hinckley and Lutterworth have reached their ambitious fundraising target of £12,000 for the Ashanti Development Project. The money will go towards funding a community centre and providing eye care in the Ghanaian village of Mpantuase.

Huge fundraising effort
The two stores have supported the cause for 15 years and the recent drive to raise £12,000 began in 2017. The latest fundraising event was held at the Chef & Spice Indian restaurant on Monday 13 May and brought the total over the target, raising £875 on the night. Funds were raised through ticket sales and a raffle, with 72 colleagues, friends and family members getting together for the evening.

Store director, Abhijit Roy, said: ‘It is amazing to have reached our fundraising target for the community centre at Mpantuase. The team has shown real grit, creativity and team spirit in getting us there. We’ve enjoyed quizzes, skittle tournaments, sports events and curry nights, to name just a few.

‘We’ve had a lot of fun and now that all our hard work has paid off – it feels fantastic. The Ashanti Development Project is a very special cause for us, because of our long-standing relationship and the changes we’ve seen there as a result of our fundraising so far. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way.’

Charity focus
The Ashanti Development Project runs eye clinics on a few days every month and screens for common eye conditions, providing specs for those who need them. Patients who show signs of cataracts are also offered support and surgeon visits when numbers are sufficient to run a specialist clinic.

Find out more on the project’s website: http://ashantidevelopment.org/

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