GENEROUS Don Finch has fund raised over £18,000 to prevent children in some of the poorest parts of the world from going blind.
Eighty-year-old Don, of Solihull Rotary Club, has been drumming up support for Sightsavers for around a quarter of a century.
Recently, Jenny Marshall, the charity’s fund raising manager, dropped in to present a special award to recognise his efforts.
“It started up as a bit of a cottage industry, we had an old beer can with a slot in the top and people would put their coins in,” said Don, of Marsh Lane. “When it got going, they were having a bit of trouble over in India - people were having to walk hundreds of miles when it would cost just a shilling to get a doctor to them.
“Eyesight is very precious and it would be difficult to imagine what it’d be like to lose your sight, especially if you’re only a child.”
Today, Sightsavers spends money on providing the equipment and healthcare workers to treat people in countries such as Uganda, Ghana and Malawi.
To find out more about the charity go to www.sightsavers.org