NIGEL DAVIDSON, BCAv
Optometrist Nigel Davidson has been instrumental in raising thousands of pounds over 20 years, benefitting a myriad of different charitable causes, including the British Heart Foundation, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the John Eastwood Hospice, Hearing Dogs, Brake (road safety charity), Ashanti Development and Children In Need.
He has been involved with the relaunch of the local food bank and completed the Three Peaks Challenge, raising funds for Sightsavers International, and has undertaken sponsored bike rides to raise money for Action Medical Research, which helps premature babies.
Most significantly, Nigel started the charity ‘Ashfield Eyecare Services’ in 2014. The charity delivers free eye tests and glasses to the homeless, refugees and asylum seekers in the Ashfield area. It is registered with the Charities Commission and was set up with the help of a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
In 2013, Nigel joined an expedition to Ghana to provide eyecare to an impoverished area of the Ashanti. Describing it as an ‘amazing and humbling’ experience, he joined another trip two years later, during which more than 1,300 eye tests were conducted and 4,500 pairs of spectacles donated.
Nominated by: Dame Mary Perkins