Sarah Baldock

When I was lucky enough to be given a ballot place in the 2020 London Marathon my first thought was “no way - get in!”, my second thought was “oh no, I have to do all the winter training again” and my third was “at least I don’t have to stress about the fundraising this year”.....! Well, guess what? I’m not going to waste this opportunity to help raise funds for another worthy charity!!

It was a no-brainer who to choose. I have connections with Vision Aid Overseas already because we collect old spectacles in our practices for them, which they recycle to generate an income to fund their charitable activities in developing countries. Wigram and Ware is also part of the Hakim Group who has pledged to raise £100,000 for VAO - so let’s see if we can get this appeal a bit closer to that target!

Thank you so much for any amount you can donate, big or small.

Sarah x

Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas has been helping some of the world’s poorest people to see clearly for over 30 years. Whether you are a teacher in Ghana, a seamstress in Zambia or a school pupil in Ethiopia, poor eye sight can have a devastating impact on your life and livelihood.

• 1.2 billion people worldwide can’t see properly simply because they need glasses
• 12 million children worldwide struggle to learn simply because they need glasses
• 55% of visually impaired people are women
• 89% of visually impaired people live in low and middle-income countries
• 75% of all visual impairment is preventable or curable
• $200 billion worth of productivity is lost every year because so many people do not have the glasses they need to see clearly

Sarah Baldock