Specsavers in Eastleigh held a special fundraising event this month under plans to send one of its optometrists to Africa to provide professional eye care to those in need.

The team invited customers to attend a fun day at the store on 3 February, with visitors treated to a cake sale and tombola offering the chance to win prizes such as wine, sweets and toys.

A total of £140 was raised on the day, which will be donated to Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) – a charity providing glasses and affordable eye care to people living in poverty in Africa.

Funding charity work for Africa

Specsavers Eastleigh is also aiming to raise a minimum of £1,700 to send optometrist Param Singh Luther on an assignment with Vision Aid Overseas, which will see him and a group of fellow optometrists travel to Ghana to provide eye exams and spectacles to communities and offer optical training and teaching to university students.

Param says: ‘Unfortunately, not everyone has easy access to professional eye care services so I am looking forward to helping Vision Aid Overseas in its mission to provide outreach to people living in challenging conditions.’

'Thank you to everyone'

Amy Jenkins, store director at Specsavers Eastleigh, said: ‘We’d like to say thank you to everyone who came down and contributed to the fun day. Vision Aid Overseas is an incredibly important charity and we’re very proud of Param for volunteering to help support people less fortunate than ourselves.’

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