Independent opticians group raises £6000 for charity

The team at Valli Opticians has walked between three of its branches to fundraise for visual impairment charity KVIN

Valli Rally 2019
Over 100 staff, patients and friends of Valli Opticians have walked between the group’s Meltham, Honley and Almondbury branches to raise funds for a local charity.

The £6000 raised will be donated to Kirklees Visual Impairment Network (KVIN), a user led Yorkshire-based charity that provides peer support to people with visual impairments. KVIN helps people learn how to effectively use and make the most of technology such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home and apps for phones and tablets.

The Valli Rally covers a distance of seven miles and was sponsored by Dunelm Optical and Hoya.

Speaking about the fundraising initiative, managing director at Valli Opticians, Rachel Valli, explained: “KVIN is a very small charity making a real, tangible difference to people with sight loss. It is an extremely proactive organisation, not only providing peer and emotional support to people with sight loss, but training people with sight loss to use modern technology to enhance their wellbeing, and it is a pleasure to organise the Valli Rally to directly fund the charity’s work.”

Chairman of KVIN, David Quarmby, added: “We are so pleased that Valli Opticians has chosen us. It will mean that we can purchase some new equipment, which in turn allows us to loan people our older tablets and phones for them to practise on at home.”