A New Malden opticians has joined forces with a Surrey mum to assist vulnerable children overseas.

Specsavers in New Malden has partnered with charity Their Future Today, launched by Sunbury mum Lynn Stanier in 2004 to support orphaned and abandoned children in Sri Lanka.

The eyecare experts will now be supplying donations of prescription specs to the pupils of the charity’s newly opened TFT International Pre-school in rural Sri Lanka.

A word from the store director

Dr Ahmed Zimar Sivardeen, store director of Specsavers in New Malden and Chairman of the British Sri Lankan Association, said: ‘As a British Sri Lankan, an eyecare professional and, indeed, as a father, I was touched when I heard of the work Lynn is doing for orphaned and abandoned children in Sri Lanka. As eyecare experts, we decided to offer our services in the most appropriate way we could by supporting eye health and literacy in the charity’s new pre-school.’

A word from the charity 

Lynn said: ‘We work to alleviate the causes of child abandonment very far from home, but it’s wonderful to have the support of a business like Specsavers. A simple gift of a pair of glasses can change a child’s life and helping in the struggle to break the cycle of poverty and childhood abandonment through increasing general health and literacy levels.’

Their Future Today was set up in the wake of the Sri Lankan tsunami of 2004 by Lynn and her son Ryan, who travelled to the region as volunteers. In the last decade, the organisation has championed children’s causes in the nation, including leading the redevelopment of a children’s state receiving home, funding the building of family homes and opening a new school.

To find out more about the charity or to make a donation go to www.theirfuturetoday.com.

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