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Eyecare and eyewear supplier Three-Sixty is helping ensure an optician’s charity mission to Africa next month helps as many children as possible.

FullSizeRenderThree-Sixty, based in Newtown, Powys, has donated ophthalmic drops and hygiene products to Ruth Easton, an optician from Wales who is heading to the Kasala region of Uganda to run a refraction clinic for two weeks in October.

Ruth will be staying at the House of Joy charity’s school in the area where 400 children are provided with a home, education and employment opportunities.

The refraction clinic will help determine if a child needs glasses or eye treatment.

Three-Sixty provides a wide range of ophthalmic products, such as contact lens solutions, eye drops and eyewear products to opticians and eyecare shops and clinics. The company has donated £250 worth of items to the trip.

“Ultimately the purpose of my trip is to improve the quality of life for the people in this region by improving sight through simple refraction,” said Ruth, who is an optician at Specsavers in Merthyr Tydfil.

“The House of Joy charity runs a school for 400 local children providing a home, education and employment opportunities. My vision is to spend 2 weeks running a refraction clinic for the children in the school as well as those in the local community which has a population of 1500.”

Peter Simpson, General Manager at Three-Sixty, said the company recognised the important job Ruth was undertaking and wanted to help.

“Ruth approached us with the idea of what she was planning and we immediately agreed to support her mission, supplying eyedrops and hygiene products,” said Peter.

“Such products will be very scarce in Uganda and will ensure Ruth’s voluntary work is supported in helping assess and support the eyecare of the children and local community in the area she is visiting.”

Peter added: “As a company we are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the lives of those less fortunate and we wish Ruth well in her endeavours.”

Three-Sixty is an optical wholesaler supplying optometrists, and eyecare specialists throughout the UK from its base in Newtown, Powys. It has actively promoted eye health by supporting humanitarian and local charities over the years.

Photo: Ruth Easton with some of the products donated by Three-Sixty for her charity trip