A Plymouth Specsavers optometrist recently geared up to take part in one of Africa’s biggest road races on 26th November to raise money for Vision Aid Overseas.

Specsavers Marsh Mills optometrist Charlotte Evans ran 10 kilometres at an altitude of 8,000 feet above sea level alongside 40,000 international runners in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

Vision Aid Overseas

Charlotte took part in the race to help raise funds to bring affordable and life-changing eye care to some of Africa’s poorest people.

Charlotte said: ‘I was nervous but also very excited about taking part in the race. It was slightly daunting but all I have to remember is that the funds I raise will go to helping those who desperately need eye care.

‘In the run up to the race I have been busy raising awareness – we’ve held a raffle to win a holiday in Cornwall, as well as baking cakes and selling them in store. I would like to thank all of the customers and colleagues who have donated funds to enable me to race in Ethiopia. It’s wonderful to have such great support’.

A word from the store

Plymouth store director, Dr Josie Forte, said: ‘We are so proud of Charlotte for taking on this amazing challenge and for such an important cause. I’m sure there were times where it was very hard but we were completely behind her and look forward to hearing all about her experiences.’

Vision Aid Overseas is an international charity dedicated to fighting poverty in developing countries by transforming access to eye care. It is estimated that 670 million people – 10% of the world’s population – are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of glasses.

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