The team at Specsavers in Sutton-in-Ashfield have held a charity raffle and is calling for donations of old, unwanted specs to be used on their forthcoming volunteer eye charity mission to Ghana in October, performing free eye tests and donating the second hand spectacles to the local Ghanaians.
Store director Nigel Davidson and contact lens optician Lisa Carlin from Specsavers in Idlewells Shopping Centre will be travelling to the Ashanti area in Ghana in October as part of a Specsavers midlands team. Nigel will be sending back daily updates on how the mission is going which will be displayed on a sandwich board at the store.
They will be holding clinics to dispense the donated specs to locals, and are appealing to the Sutton-in-Ashfield community to bring their used specs in to the store before they leave on 7 October.
They also held a day of fundraising with a charity raffle to win a Ghana-themed hamper, raising £75.12 for the Ashanti Development. Lucky customer Margaret Hodges from Kirkby in Ashfield won the hamper filled with sweets.
Store director Nigel Davidson said: ‘We’re so excited to be going back to the Ashanti to help the community there access proper eyecare. We’ve been collecting specs from Sutton locals for years, and each time we appeal for donations, the response is overwhelming. Our last visit was back in 2013, and the specs we’ve collected since then will come with us in October and it’s a real community effort which makes such a difference; we are able to dispense thousands of the glasses we collect.
‘We really appreciate those who have already helped through donations and giving their old specs to us, they’ve made a world of difference and the project has come on leaps and bounds because of them – we now have a part-time Ghanaian optometrist working in the eye clinic. There are only 45 optometrists in Ghana compared to around 12,000 in the UK, so every little bit makes a huge difference.’