Raising vital funds

A dispensing assistant at Specsavers Plymstock is lacing up his running shoes and hitting the road to help raise vital funds for the charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).

Laurence Harris ran the Plymouth Half Marathon on Sunday 19 April. Laurence took on the challenge as part of his preparation for the Great Ethiopian run in November.

Great Ethiopian Run

Laurence said: ‘I’m really excited to start my training for the Great Ethiopian Run in November. As I was one of the first to sign up to take part, Specsavers has already sponsored me £1,000 but I need to raise another £1,500 to take part.

The Plymouth Half Marathon was a great starting point, and as it’s so close to home my family and friends were there to support me. It is one of the biggest challenges I have faced and I was pleased that I had the backing from my colleagues in store.’


Store director Phil Gray said: ‘Everyone in store and in the community is behind Laurence’s fundraising efforts. We are thrilled that Laurence has already been supported £1,000 by Specsavers and I encourage everyone to donate a little towards the cause.’

Vision Aid Overseas

VAO works in Africa to transform access to eyecare services and is part of the Vision 2020 initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. Since 2003 Specsavers stores have collected and recycled more than a quarter of a million glasses for the charity, and have raised more than £800,000. This money has helped a number of projects including solely funding an eyecare clinic in the Zambian capital Lusaka, which was officially opened by Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins.

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