Last week I visited Westonbirt school near Glasses Direct’s birthplace in Gloucestershire, to speak to the pupils about how I started the online company at university, and the story of how we have got to where we are today. I’m always keen to share my experiences and to help young people find the confidence to go out on their own and make it happen.

I also talked about Orbis,  an eye care charity aimed at preventing blindness and saving sight all over the world, who we support at Glasses Direct. The charity fly to developing countries and carry out surgery on board their plane, which restores sight to the blind, enabling whole families and communities to benefit when the person returns to work/support them. We have raised over £8k for the charity over the years, thanks to the generosity of our customers, and continue to raise awareness of and money for their projects. The school’s audience were incredibly giving with their donations, with a total of £246.56 in collections after the talk which I’d like to thank them again for and have passed on to Orbis. It was an enjoyable visit and one I’d be happy to do again.