School pupil turns entrepreneur to boost funds for blind children
A young student from High Wycombe has used her entrepreneurial skills to raise funds for blind children in England and Wales. Fourteen-year-old Chloe Davis has developed a cleaning cloth for optical lenses, which will be available for retailers to trial for free from its launch on 9 May. All proceeds from the sale of the product will be donated to national charity The Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) who provide one to one support to blind children and their families.
Chloe’s idea for the initiative came to her when she read about a boy called Harry who had been badly bullied at school due to his sight loss. Chloe was struck by the story and shocked to learn that Harry’s experience is shared by many vision impaired children and teenagers all over the country, with an estimated six in ten saying that they have been bullied.
It was only by chance that I came across RSBC’s website and Harry’s story, as I’d been researching something for a project at school. Harry’s story was heartbreaking and it really got to me, particularly as he is about my age and I can imagine how tough it must be for him. I just had to take action and thought that the best way I could do this would be to team up with RSBC because they want to change negative attitudes to young people with sight loss.
After successfully raising £500 to get her project started, Chloe was ready to take her concept to manufacture. The result was Chloe’s very own anti-static glass lens cleaning cloth, packaged in a strikingly designed point of sale box. Chloe continues, “I’m excited but slightly nervous to get to launch day. I just hope that everyone gets behind it and makes it a big success as it’s such a fantastic cause.”
Dr Tom Pey, CEO at RSBC, said of the partnership, “How brilliant that this young entrepreneur has channelled her response to Harry’s story into something so creative and positive. Like so many of our fantastic supporters, Chloe is determined to take action to improve the life chances of blind children. We are so thankful for her drive and passion to get this off the ground and we hope that opticians up and down the country will show their support by trying out the cloths.”
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