The Kirkintilloch store has raised £50 in aid of a course training frontline eye health workers in Malawi to look after the sight of children.

Staff organised a fundraising tombola with lots of fantastic prizes up for grabs to help cover the cost of equipment for students at the Lions Sight First Eye Unit in Blantyre, Malawi.

Three-year pledge

The store has pledged to support the course for the next three years with a £1,500-per-year sponsorship which helps to cover the running costs of the three-day course as well as providing accommodation for eye care workers and supplying them with their official certification upon completing the course.

Store director, Neil Drain, said: ‘As well as sponsoring the course, we’re committed to raising money to help purchase equipment for student training.

‘I had the chance to be involved with a 10 year Scottish Government-funded LINK partnership between the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, and the Lions Sight First Eye Unit.

‘During the project I visited the eye unit on seven occasions with a multidisciplinary team of NHS eye care professionals to help train mid-level eye workers - optometrists and ophthalmic clinical officers - from all over Malawi in children’s ophthalmology.

‘I’ve seen first-hand the difference the project has made and I’m looking forward to continuing to support the unit with the help of staff and generous donations from customers.’

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