Charities

D&A had always supported charitable initiatives including work with Vision Aid Overseas and the RNIB, but had never focussed efforts on a single campaign to make a real and genuine difference to one group of people.

D&A's first ever "Charity of the Year" relationship took place in 2006, when it formed a partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital, pledging to raise £75,000 towards the new International Children’s Eye Centre that the Hospital was building.

After the success of the fundraising campaign to support Moorfields Eye Hospital, D&A were keen to continue their commitment to support a single charity. Following a review of many worthwhile charities in the UK, D&A began a partnership with SeeAbility in April 2007, and committed to raising £100,000 to support their Eye 2 Eye campaign.

D&A hopes to continue to work with and support a single charity in this way, building on the learnings from their previous partnerships.

We have put together a collection of news articles and case studies to keep you up to date with all of our charity work. For more information please click on the articles or news updates below.

Fundraising Week Success!

27 Nov 2009 - Charities

Action for Blind People fundraising update

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Action for Blind People

26 Aug 2009 - Charities

Boots Opticians and Dollond & Aitchison announce support for Action for Blind People

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CORPORATE & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

07 Jan 2009 - General

Our Guiding Principles

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D&A Branch Fundraising Week Success!

19 Nov 2008 - Vision Aid Overseas

Imagine living in a country with 70 million people and only one Optometrist.

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Look to the Future in Ethiopia with D&A The Opticians and VAO

20 Oct 2008 - Charities

D&A pledges £50,000 .....

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Look to the future in Ethiopia campaign begins!

09 Oct 2008 - Vision Aid Overseas

Dollond & Aitchison is pleased to announce that it will be working closely with Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) over the coming months on a new venture.

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Payroll Giving at D&A

22 Jul 2008 - General

Payroll Giving is a government funded scheme that enables colleagues to make donations to any UK charity straight from their gross salary.

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Richard’s Diary from Ethiopia

09 Jun 2008 - Vision Aid Overseas

Richard Rawlinson, Franchisee at Brownhills and VAO Member shares his experiences of the trip to Ethiopia in February 2008;

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D&A – VAO Improving Eyecare in Ethiopia - Part 7

05 Jun 2008 - Vision Aid Overseas

Day 2 – ‘Can We Make It Work’

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D&A – VAO Improving Eyecare in Ethiopia – Part 6

05 Jun 2008 - Vision Aid Overseas

End of Day 1 – The Scale of The Problem

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D&A – VAO Improving Eyecare in Ethiopia – Part 5

05 Jun 2008 - Vision Aid Overseas

Day 1 – Making Glasses – What They Currently Have To Work With

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D&A – VAO Improving Eyecare in Ethiopia – Part 4

05 Jun 2008 - Vision Aid Overseas

Day 1 – Existing Workshop Facilities – How Can We Make It Better

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D&A – VAO Improving Eyecare in Ethiopia – Part 3

05 Jun 2008 - Vision Aid Overseas

Day 1 – Vision Aid Projects

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D&A – VAO Improving Eyecare in Ethiopia – Part 2

05 Jun 2008 - Vision Aid Overseas

Day 1 – Menelik II Hospital

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D&A – VAO Improving Eyecare in Ethiopia – Part 1

05 Jun 2008 - Vision Aid Overseas

Day 1 – Arriving in Ethiopia

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Eye 2 eye Campaign: About Ali

01 May 2008 - SeeAbility

Ali is a 38 year old man who has a severe learning disability and challenging behavior.

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Vision Aid Overseas – Steven Gondwe from Malawi

25 Mar 2008 - Vision Aid Overseas

Steven lives in Malawi. He had struggled at school because of his poor vision. His teachers mistakenly thought he was not very clever.

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Eye 2 eye Campaign: About Pauline

01 Mar 2008 - SeeAbility

Pauline, a 40 year woman has learning disabilities and epilepsy.

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Success for Sight-Saving Campaign

14 Feb 2008 - SeeAbility

A unique sight-saving initiative in Birmingham has helped over 1000 people with a learning disability access appropriate eye healthcare.

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National Glaucoma Awareness Week

04 Feb 2008 - General

Glaucoma – the loss of vision caused by increased pressure within the eye – affects about two in every 100 people over the age of 40 in the UK1, and although the damage is irreversible, early diagnosis is vital to keep damage to a minimum.

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Eye 2 eye Campaign: About Frank

01 Feb 2008 - SeeAbility

Frank has multiple disabilities and very complex needs. He is 30 years old and has never had an eye test before. His mother was becoming increasing anxious about how he kept rubbing his eyes and making them sore.

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Vision Aid Overseas – Nikiemo from Burkina Faso

25 Jan 2008 - Vision Aid Overseas

Nikiemo is 17 and lives in Ziniare, Burkina Faso. Every day he cycles 10 miles from his parent’s home to his school. This was a dangerous journey for him, as he suffered short-sightedness.

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Eye 2 eye Campaign: About Edward

01 Jan 2008 - SeeAbility

Edward has a learning disability. Edward was told that he had cataracts that have caused a serious loss of vision and he was warned that unless he had surgery to remove the cataracts he could go blind within months.

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Bristol Theatre Group Help Sight-Saving Campaign

15 Dec 2007 - SeeAbility

‘You and Eye’, a film made by The Misfits, a Bristol theatre group for people with learning disabilities which outlines the issues surrounding sight impairment is to get a screening at Bristol Eye Hospital.

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Vision Aid Overseas – Desalegn from Ethiopia

19 Nov 2007 - Vision Aid Overseas

Desalegn is an 11 year old from the town of Gorgora in North Western Ethiopia. He is blind in one eye due to an accident and he had always struggled to make friends due to his poor vision in his other eye.

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Vision Aid Overseas: Lidiya from Zambia

06 Sep 2007 - Vision Aid Overseas

Lidiya lives in a small village in Zambia. She always had major problems with her eyes and even walking without assistance was a struggle. She was unable to benefit from school so she never managed to get a job.

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SeeAbility's eye 2 eye Campaign

01 Jul 2007 - SeeAbility

There are 1.5M people with a learning disability and 1 in 3 are estimated to have a sight problem. These problems too often go undetected because many people are not able to participate in a standard eye test.

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The Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre Update

30 May 2007 - Moorfields Eye Hospital

The Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre (RDCEC) was officially opened in February 2007, by Her Majesty the Queen. Since then, the new centre has made a huge contribution in treating NHS children with eye disease.

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Recycling Glasses to Help Thousands in Developing World

26 Mar 2007 - Charities

D&A collects unwanted glasses for recycling by Vision Aid Overseas

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D&A choose SeeAbility as charity of the year

26 Mar 2007 - Charities

SeeAbility enables blind and partially-sighted individuals achieve their potential.

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D&A smash fundraising target

18 Feb 2007 - Charities

Moorfields Children's Eye Hospital

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D&A Recycling Glasses for Overseas

29 Jan 2007 - Vision Aid Overseas

Dollond & Aitchison is a Titanium member of Vision Aid Overseas. Vision Aid Overseas is a charity dedicated to helping people in the developing world whose lives are blighted by poor eyesight.

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About Moorfields Eye Hospital

28 Nov 2006 - Moorfields Eye Hospital

D&A’s first ever “Charity of the Year” relationship took place in 2006, when it formed a partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital, pledging to raise £75,000 towards the new International Children’s Eye Centre that the Hospital was building.

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D&A Helping People Overseas

15 Sep 2006 - Vision Aid Overseas

D&A works with Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) offering D&A Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians who wish to broaden their experience the opportunity to volunteer for VAO projects overseas.

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About Vision Aid Overseas

11 Jul 2006 - Vision Aid Overseas

Vision Aid Overseas is a charity dedicated to people in the developing world whose lives are blighted by poor eyesight.

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Vision Aid Overseas is registered charity (in England) no. 1081695

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