Andrew Durrant, dispensing optician in Welwyn Garden City has put on his running shoes and completed the British 10K London Run in support of Vision Aid Overseas.
Andrew finished the race with a personal best time of 47 minutes and 46 seconds and has so far raised £150 for Vision Aid Overseas.
Over 20,000 competitors ran with Andrew past some of London’s most iconic landmarks. Starting on Piccadilly outside The Guards and Cavalry Club and finishing on Whitehall, it has been dubbed the World’s greatest road race route.
Andrew says: ‘It wasn’t easy but it was for an amazing cause. Eye care is something we often take for granted in the UK because it’s so readily available. Almost every high street in the country has an optician; however, there are people in the world who do not have access to proper eye care.
Gift of sight
‘Poor vision can affect anyone and people in developing countries are denied simple treatment through a lack of basic provisions but Vision Aid Overseas is working hard to offer the gift of sight to those who need it most. I wanted to be a part of this.’
VAO works in Africa to transform access to eyecare services 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 over £550,000 for an eyecare clinic in the Zambian capital Lusaka.