The Blackwood team are appealing for donations for two members of staff who recently took part in the Great Ethiopian Run in order to raise money for an eyecare charity.

Making eyecare more accessible

James Morris, principal optometrist, and Chris Padfield, in-store trainer flew to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to take part in a 10 kilometre race in aid of Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) and volunteer at a local eyecare centre.

The charity makes eyecare accessible to vulnerable children and adults in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Zambia.

James said: ‘VAO does so much for communities in Africa, which is why I felt compelled to show my support and fundraise for the charity. We’re encouraging Blackwood residents to donate their old or unused frames to VAO to help further raise funds for the charity. We know not everyone will have unwanted glasses frames, so we also have Just Giving pages should anyone want to donate money to the cause.’

‘Overwhelmed by the support’

Chris added: ‘Seeing a VAO centre first-hand is an exciting opportunity and will no doubt open our eyes to the role it plays in supporting communities who do not have access to the same level of eyecare services that we have at home. We have been overwhelmed by the support from staff and customers so far.’

Since 2003, Specsavers has collected and recycled more than a quarter of a million glasses for VAO, and raised more than £800,000. A total of 19 members of staff, from Specsavers stores across the UK, will be travelling to Ethiopia for the race on 26 November 2017.

To donate to VAO, visit the Specsavers store on High Street, Blackwood, or go to the Just Giving pages for James and Chris 

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