Optical Express has donated more than £4000 to Sightsavers, funds that were raised by staff over the Christmas period.
Employees from across the multiple’s UK and Ireland practices donated one hour’s pay from their December salary to the international charity, which provides eye care support to people in developing countries.
Though this initiative, staff raised £1,995, which Optical Express matched. This sum was boosted by a raffle that raised £173.
The funds will be used by Sightsavers to treat people who are or are going blind from preventable conditions such as cataracts.
Optical Express highlights that there are an estimated 39 million people who are blind worldwide, and 80% of cases could have been prevented or cured. Sightsavers works in developing countries across Africa and Asia.
Reflecting on the donation, marketing manager at Optical Express, Mary-Frances Kelly, said: “I am extremely proud of the great response by our staff to the Sightsavers appeal. The money raised will pay for dozens of people in some of the world’s poorest countries to receive vital cataract surgery that will quite literally change their lives.”
Director of major giving at Sightsavers, Mike Straney, explained: “The majority of the 20 million people who are blind from cataracts are living in the poorest parts of the world, where accessing the needed surgery is not simple. For £30, we are able to make a person suffering from cataracts see again.
“The Optical Express festive appeal is a great example of how companies can help to support us in making a difference,” he added.
Optical Express is also inviting its patients to donate to Sightsavers by visiting its website.