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Vision Aid Overseas celebrates 30 years of helping the world to see

Vision Aid Overseas celebrates 30 years of helping the world to see

International development charity Vision Aid Overseas, which has its UK headquarters in The Bell Centre, is celebrating 30 years of helping the world to see.

The optical charity is aiming to raise £150,000 of donations and to help an additional 30,000 people in developing countries gain access to life-changing eye care services as part of its 30th anniversary campaign.

Andy Holliday, Director of Fundraising and Communications, said the last 30 years had seen huge achievements for Vision Aid Overseas. "We are so proud of the work we have done to help some of the most underprivileged individuals in the poorest communities in the world to regain their freedom through good vision," he added.

"This year is hugely significant for the charity as we are hoping to help an additional 30,000 people by raising £150,000 in funds. We are very much looking forward to the future and to continuing our work to improve the lives of others."

Set up in 1985 by a group of optometrists and dispensing opticians, horrified by the plight of individuals in developing countries who were disabled or disadvantaged because of uncorrected refractive error, the story of Vision Aid Overseas has been as humble as it has been inspiring.

Since inception establishing clinics in Tanzania, the last three decades have seen Vision Aid Overseas go on to help over 1 million patients in 26 countries.

In 1997 its founder, Brian Ellis, received an MBE in the New Year's Honours list. Today its mission statement is simple: to focus on fighting poverty through the power of good vision by transforming access to eye care services.

Throughout 2015, Vision Aid Overseas and its team of volunteers have been taking part in a number of different fundraising activities and events including the London Marathon in April, the British 10K London Run in July, World Sight Day challenge due to take place in October and the Great Ethiopian Run in November.

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