Three colleagues from a Sutton-in-Ashfield opticians are returning to the Ashanti region of Ghana to perform eye tests and deliver donated specs to local people. 

Store director Nigel Davidson, in-store trainer, Zoe Shotton and contact lens optician, Lisa Carlin will be joining six colleagues from other Specsavers stores to support the charity, Ashanti Development this October.

Each team member from Ashfield aims to take along with them 500 pairs of donated used specs, collected in store.  

Nigel, a qualified optometrirst, says, ‘Our first visit to Africa in 2013 was a real revelation and everyone came back from the trip inspired, tired yet delighted to have been able to help a community so far away. It was a brilliant way to use unwanted glasses, and what made the real difference is that we were able to guarantee that the people who needed help got help. 

‘We saw 1,300 people over the six days that we were there, with more than 2,500 donated pairs of spectacles distributed, helping an impoverished farming population living mainly at subsistence level. 

‘We had a fabulous response from the people of Ashfield last year, and we urge anyone who would like to donate to bring unwanted glasses or sunglasses to the store in the Idlewells Centre for our upcoming mission.   

‘As we need as many pairs as possible, I would appeal to everyone to check the back of their drawers for old glasses – they could really make a difference to someone's life.’

Ashanti Development is a charity run by volunteers set up at the request of Ghanaians living in London who asked their friends and neighbours for help to improve the lives of the people they left behind in their home villages. The charity aims to provide remote villages in the Ashanti Region with water and sanitation, healthcare, education and income generating activities. For more information, please visit www.ashanti-development.org/ 

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