Helen Sewell and the Specsavers Team at Didcot raised more than £2,300 in support of national charity Vision Aid Overseas to help build a vision centre in Ndola, Zambia.

Helen, optometrist, needed to raise £1,500 to support VAO’s project to build a vision centre in Ndola. She walked eight miles from her home in Abingdon to work every day from the 30 June to 4 July, sporting a green VAO t-shirt and bright yellow Specsavers jacket and balloons.

To help Helen with her fundraising and to celebrate her fantastic effort, the store held a Zambian-themed fun-day on Friday (4 July). The day featured a cake sale and competitions such as count the number of glasses in the recycling box. The store also offered specs MOTs (cleaning and repairs) all in return for donations.

Ruksana Bi, store director at Specsavers Didcot, said: ‘When Helen approached me about the VAO project I was more than happy for her to get involved, and knew that as a store we had a responsibility to help her. Access to affordable eyecare is something we take for granted in this country, but for many people in Africa, it’s something they just don’t have.

‘Helen is currently in Zambia and has a huge challenge ahead of her but her support will help get VAO one step closer to providing better access to affordable, regular eyecare for local people. There are still donation buckets in-store for any customers who wish to offer their support.’

VAO works towards improving eyecare in developing countries. The charity raises money by recycling glasses in an environmentally friendly way and using the money it makes from selling the reusable materials, to fund its overseas projects.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit Specsavers store at 17 Orchard Street, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7LG call 01235 517 100, text HVAO55 £10/5/4/3/2/1 to 70070 or visit: www.justgiving.com/Helen-Sewell4/

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