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Teenager creates cleaning cloths for charity

Chloe Davis is raising money for the RSBC by providing retailers with cleaning cloths to sell

09 May 2019 by Andrew McClean

A 14-year-old has developed a cleaning cloth for ophthalmic lenses in order to raise money for the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC).

Chloe Davis from High Wycombe has made the cloths available for retailers to trial with all proceeds from the sale of the product going towards the charity’s support services.

Chloe was inspired after reading on the RSBC’s website about a boy called Harry who was bullied at school because of his sight loss. She was shocked to learn that six in 10 children and teenagers in the UK who live with a visual impairment have been bullied.

Speaking about how the initiative came about, Chloe said: “It was only by chance that I came across the RSBC’s website and Harry’s story, as I’d been researching something for a project at school. Harry’s story was heart breaking and it really got to me, particularly as he is about my age and I can imagine how tough it must be for him.”

“I just had to take action and thought that the best way I could do this would be to team up with the RSBC because they want to change negative attitudes to young people with sight loss,” she added.

Chloe raised £500 to get her project started and ready to manufacture. She has created an anti-static lens cleaning cloth and point-of-sale box.

CEO at the RSBC, Dr Tom Pey, said: “How brilliant that this young entrepreneur has channelled her response to Harry’s story into something so creative and positive. Like so many of our fantastic supporters, Chloe is determined to take action to improve the life chances of blind children. We are so thankful for her drive and passion to get this off the ground and we hope that opticians up and down the country will show their support by trying out the cloths.”

For information on how to order a trial box, visit the RSBC website.

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