Disabled pupils in Zambia have received more than 100 school bags full of stationary and equipment thanks to efforts from Specsavers staff in Newport, in collaboration with Stow Park Church Centre.

Newport staff donated the school bags which will provide four disabled schools in southern Zambia with important stationary, including pens, rubbers, rulers, pencil cases and other various back-to-school items.

Providing a support network

The donation was in collaboration with Stow Park Church and Health Help International (HHI), who provide a support network to schools and pupils across Zambia, and saw more than 100 identical schools bags distributed between the school’s students.

Having received donations from staff, customers and high street store Wilko, all gifts were sent by HHI. Contributions went towards supporting the four schools, all of which care for and educate children and young adults with disabilities and hope to employ some of the students upon their graduation.

A wonderful cause

Jason Williams, director at Specsavers in Newport, said: ‘The response that we received in terms of donations and feedback from the local community was absolutely overwhelming. The work that Stow Park Church and Health Help International undertake is vitally important in securing a better future for children who live in developing countries like Zambia.

The contributions we’ve received from staff, customers and businesses alike is evidence that Newport as a community is committed to helping those less fortunate.

We are all hugely grateful for the donations received and I have no doubt they will be of great value in improving the education of the school’s pupils. On behalf of everyone at Specsavers Newport, I would like to thank all those who donated and supported this wonderful and important cause.’

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