Vista teams up with Pallex to promote good eye health for National Eye Health Week

Published on 2nd October 2019 in Fundraising

To any company involved in road haulage the eyesight of its drivers is obviously of paramount importance so we teamed up with Pall-Ex  as part of a new health drive at their Leicestershire hub.

According to a report from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), 27% of UK adults, 14 million people, haven't had an eye test in the last two years. Many of these could be at risk of preventable sight loss, such as diabetics and people with glaucoma in their family history. Over 50% of sight loss is due to treatable or preventable causes.

However, a sight test is not just about checking vision, it can identify other health conditions. Whilst not a substitute for a full eye test, Vista’s eye screenings take users through a series of simple exercises to see if there may be an issue with a person’s sight. Shilpa Gokani, Marketing Manager at Vista, says: “We want to reinforce the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all. We want people to know how important it is to look after their eyes and the need to have them checked regularly.”

Now Pall-Ex, formed in 1996 by renowned entrepreneur Hilary Devey CBE, was visited by Vista and generously gave us a donation and is raising additional money through a bake sale, incorporating foods for improved eye health such as carrots, nuts, citrus fruits and sweet potato. Staff are also donating items to help stock Vista’s Leicester charity shops. 

Stephen Parkes, Director of Operations at Pall-Ex, comments: “Health and safety is paramount at Pall-Ex and we want to ensure we focus on the health part as much as the safety. That’s why we are introducing supportive measures like the Vista bus to remind our staff that keeping on top of their general health is vital. Eye health is essential to various roles within Pall-Ex, so the bus has been giving our workforce a glimpse into their eye health and advising on whether they should book an optician’s appointment.

“Health and safety is a key component of Pall-Ex’s quality operation. After being shortlisted for the Motor Transport award for health and safety we want to continue our mission to be a quality place for people to work, learn and thrive.”

PallEx CEO getting their eyes screened

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