Stafford Specsavers’ hearing aid audiologist is gearing up to take part in the Great Ethiopian Run to raise funds for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).

Mike Phillips, who heads up the hearing centre at the store, will be taking part in the biggest road race in Africa on 22 November to support VAO which works to improve eyecare in developing countries.  He is aiming to raise £2,500 through various fundraising events and donations.

Staff have pledged to support Mike and are also calling on the local community to bring in their old specs – as these can be recycled in an environmentally-friendly way to help boost the fundraising efforts.  They will also be offering customers free specs MOTs (cleaning and adjustments) in return for donations to the charity.

‘We’ve been supporting VAO for the past six years now, so when Mike said he was going to take part in the Great Ethiopian Run to raise funds for the charity, he had our full support, said Jason Guy, store director at Specsavers Stafford.  

‘The charity does fantastic work fighting poverty by transforming access to eyecare in impoverished countries, and it’s great that we can make a difference just by donating an old pair of specs.  We’d encourage anyone to drop off a pair of unwanted or old glasses.’

For more information on Vision Aid Overseas click here

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