Optometry student Lauren Broderick, aged 21 from Teignmouth is about to embark on an overseas mission to provide essential eyecare to the people of Moldova in Eastern Europe with students from Cardiff university.

To help Lauren on her way the team at Specsavers in Teignmouth took to Bank Street to carry out an exhausting 24 hour rowathon across 257km.

Well done team Specsavers!

Teignmouth store director, Michael Todd, said: ‘Well done to all the team who took part in the rowathon and thank you to everyone in the Teignmouth community that donated to our efforts. It was an incredible challenge for an even more incredible cause.’

A fundraising success

Michael Todd added: ‘We have collected more than £600 to support Lauren on her journey to Moldova and the store is rounding this up to £1,000. On behalf of everyone involved I’d like to wish Lauren all the best in her mission to help those less fortunate.’

Cardiff university eyecare expedition

Lauren is traveling with five other optometry students from Cardiff University, and four qualified optometrists to carry out eye examinations and oversee each of the students.

During their stay in Moldova the group is visiting a different village every day, setting up temporary eye clinics in village halls, churches, and communal buildings where they hope to help 1,600 people.

Lauren said: ‘I’ve been told that in previous years villagers have queued from early in the morning to be seen by an optometrist, which goes to show how important this trip is. The cost of glasses is too high for the majority of people in Moldova. The fundraising from the Specsavers team in Teignmouth has therefore been invaluable and will help to pay for hundreds of pairs of glasses to take with us.'

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