Kathryn Brackenridge

In November this year I will be heading to Sierra Leone with a group of optometrists and dispensing opticians to volunteer with Vision Aid Overseas. We will be travelling to remote areas of the county to carry out sight tests and dispense glasses to those who would otherwise have no access to eye care. Our assignment will also involve training local ophthalmic technicians and nurses in the skills necessary for the country to work towards being self-sufficient in eye care.

In the UK we take a lot of things for granted, including being able to receive a thorough eye test and be fitted with glasses that enable us to see! Over 640 million people worldwide cannot see simply because they need glasses.
Vision Aid Overseas has been helping some of the poorest people in the world to see clearly for over 30 years.

Sierra Leone is still recovering from a decade long civil war, and more recently the Ebola crisis. Understandably in such an environment, eye care services are fragmented and under-resourced. Vision Aid Overseas is helping to give the country the support it needs to improve these services.

I feel privileged to have the opportunity to share my skills with those who are most in need and, hopefully, have a positive impact on their lives. In October I will be taking part in The Great Scottish Run Half Marathon to fundraise for Vision Aid Overseas. Please help me to support this charity to enable it to continue its fantastic work.

Thank you in advance.

Kathryn Brackenridge

Kathryn Brackenridge