Ashley Mehta

Thank you for taking the time to look at my fundraising page.

As an Optometrist, it is clear to see how much people value and rely on good clear vision. In the UK, we have very easy access to eye care and if necessary we are able to get glasses or treatment very quickly. Unfortunately, for those in many developing countries access to eye care can be very limited. The reason for this is due to: a lack of trained eye care professionals, inadequate eye testing and glasses manufacturing facilities, and the high cost of spectacles. These factors all lead to 10% (640 million) of the world’s population being visually impaired as they are unable to get the glasses they need.

Vision Aid Overseas is a charity that works in developing countries helping those with all different visual needs. They carry out outreach programmes in remote locations, so that the people there can have a comprehensive eye examination and they can subsequently gain access to prescription glasses, or can be referred on to other health professionals if necessary, to treat potentially sight threatening eye conditions. As well as this, they also send over trained optometrists, and other trained eye care workers, to train up staff and set up outreach clinics. All to improve the sustainability of the eye care programmes.

The 2 week assignment that I will be a part of will be based at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. We will be spending time tutoring Optometry students in practical sight testing techniques. Following a few days of tutoring we will be heading out on Outreach trips to remote locations with the students to further tutor in eye testing and to carry out eye examinations ourselves.

Last year I managed to raise just over £1800 for VAO by running the London Marathon. I'm hoping to raise a similar amount this year to fund this assignment.

I will be doing some fundraising events within the practice where I work and I imagine I will be getting the running trainers back on to raise money. (Although there won't be anymore marathons for a while).

As part of my fundraising for this assignment I will be taking part in the Jurassic Coast Challenge ultramarathon, which is a 100km race starting in Poole Harbour and ending in Bridport where I work! My aim is to finish the event without any long breaks, so will be running, walking and crawling to the finish line over the course of 24 hours!

Any donations are greatly appreciated.

Thankyou for your support!


Ashley Mehta