CBM UK, the overseas disability charity’s match funding appeal through Standard Chartered’s Seeing is Believing Programme has raised a record £1,900,000 – more than double its target.
Standard Chartered Bank has supported CBM UK for many years and pledged to give an additional £4 for every £1 donated to tackle avoidable blindness in some of the poorest countries of the world.
£380,000 was raised through CBM UK’s campaign which ran from April to June. All of the money raised will be matched by Standard Chartered, making a total£1,900,000 – the most successful campaign CBM UK has ever run.
Kirsty Smith, Chief Executive of CBM UK, said: “When children in poor communities suffer sight loss, their safety and security is at serious risk. Globally 1.4 million children are blind. The money we have raised will be put to excellent use providing essential eye-care to over 200,000 children who are needlessly blind. This is a huge shared effort to help tackle avoidable blindness in the world’s poorest communities. We cannot thank our supporters and Standard Chartered Bank enough.”