Members of staff at Specsavers in Wellington are thanking locals for their generous response to a fundraising drive for international eyecare charity, Vision Aid Overseas.
More than £725 raised
The team nominated Vision Aid Overseas as its chosen charity for the year in January, and has since raised more than £725 through a variety of fundraising events, including a Brecon Beacons challenge and a book and a cake sale in store.
‘We’ve had fantastic support from our local community so far this year and are very pleased that so many people have been getting involved with our fundraising,’ says store director, Satinder Sidhu.
‘We’ve supported Vision Aid Overseas for more than 10 years, collecting glasses and raising awareness, but this year we wanted to do something different and go all out to raise as much money as we can.’
As part of the charity pledge, Satinder will be travelling to Sierra Leone for two weeks in November, helping to provide eyecare for people living in rural communities. As well as training staff in the country’s developing vision centres, Satinder will be carrying out eye examinations and supplying specs to people who would otherwise have little or no access to these services.
Making a difference
Satinder continued: ‘We are very lucky in this country, as eyecare is so easily accessible and affordable. In countries such as Sierra Leone, people have little or no access to this kind of care. Vision Aid Overseas aims to make a difference and help people whose poor eyesight can have a huge impact on quality of life.
‘Not only are we collecting money for the charity, but we are still collecting old or unwanted glasses in store. The specs will be recycled and the materials sold to fund overseas projects.’
To make a donation, customers can either pop into the store or visit Satinder’s fundraising page: www.visionaidoverseas.org/Fundraisers/welli.