Ravi rises to three peaks challenge in aid of third world

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An optician has completed his challenge to raise £1,000 for disadvantaged children by tackling the National Three Peaks Challenge.

The News told last month how Ravi Basuta, who works at Specsavers on King Street, Belper, was taking on the gruelling feat in aid of Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).

And this week, the 31-year-old rose to the challenge - climbing the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in under 24 hours.

Mr Basuta said the total he raised had surpassed his expectations: “I can’t believe how much money has been raised,” he said. “I’d like to thank everyone who has shown their support – the response from local people has been very humbling.

“VAO is an incredible charity that makes a real difference to the lives of people living in developing countries and this donation will help the organisation carry on doing so.’

Vision Aid Overseas was founded in 1985 by a group of optometrists and dispensing opticians who were horrified by the plight of individuals in developing countries who were disabled or disadvantaged because of poor sight.

Around 670 million people worldwide - or 10 per cent of the global population - suffer because they don’t have the right spectacles to achieve good vision.