Ravi sets sights on Three Peaks

AN OPTICIAN has set his sights on tackling the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for people who are disabled or disadvantaged because of poor sight.

Ravi Basuta, optometrist at Specsavers, Belper, has set himself the adventurous challenge of climbing the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales, within 24 hours on May 12.

The money he raises will be donated to Vision Aid Overseas - which helps the 670 million people worldwide who suffer because they don’t have the right glasses.

Mr Basuta, 31, said: “It is a bit daunting but I’m doing it for a good cause - VAO is an amazing charity that makes a real difference to people living in developing countries. Anyone is welcome to support the charity by sponsoring me at the store.

“It’s going to be quite a feat, one mountain is a challenge in itself so tackling three in just 24 hours is definitely going to be hard.”

Since its foundation, Vision Aid Overseas has helped over one million people and today focuses on fighting poverty by transforming access to eyecare services.

Specsavers stores, including the one in Belper, have helped collect more than 250,000 glasses for the cause.