Kevin Woodbridge

Hi. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Sight is precious and so important for our daily life and work. Sadly, many millions of people are significantly disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of glasses, which they simply cannot afford due to poverty. Indeed, uncorrected refractive error is the leading cause of blindness and partial sightedness in the world today, and it is estimated that about 1 in 10 people in Africa are visually impaired simply because they cannot get the glasses that they need. The charity Vision Aid Overseas aims to rectify this and so help the people of the world to see.

I am an optometrist living in Derby and I am part of a team of 6 optometrists going to Kumasi in southern Ghana in West Africa for a two-week assignment from 26 January - 10 February 2019. Our work will involve training Ghanaian optometry students at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and undertaking outreach clinics in the surrounding area to provide eye examinations and glasses to the needy.

To raise money for this I am doing a sponsored hike with a friend up Helvellyn in the Lake District towards the end of October 2018. Hopefully, we’ll overcome the steep slopes and any inclement weather to make it to the top (elevation 950 m)! If you would like to support me with a donation to Vision Aid Overseas, that would be great. Thanks!

With best regards and many thanks,
Kevin Woodbridge

Kevin Woodbridge