Alan sets sights on helping others

Alan Bartholomew, an optician at Specsavers North Shields, carries out an eye test in Ghana as part of his work with Vision Aid Overseas.
Alan Bartholomew, an optician at Specsavers North Shields, carries out an eye test in Ghana as part of his work with Vision Aid Overseas.
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A NORTH Tyneside optician has been helping leave a legacy of better eyesight in Africa.

Alan Bartholomew, an optician at Specsavers in North Shields, visited Ghana with the charity Vision Aid Overseas, as part of a team training 20 local students as optometrists.

Alan and his team also set up a clinic in a disadvantaged area of the capital city of Accra, for the students to provide eyecare to people otherwise unable to afford it.

Alan said: “I feel very proud that I have been able to pass my knowledge on to another culture where it will be used to help people on a daily basis.

“Now the students we trained up will be able to provide eyecare for local people.

“I was able to take a box of sunglasses from the store in North Shields to Ghana. These were the only sunglasses the team had to hand out, and they went like gold-dust.”

To make a donation, visit www.visionaidoverseas.org