The Charity of the Month has become such an anticipated feature that in the days surrounding payday CEOs from the world’s largest charities hang around outside Zero Towers in the hope they’ll persuade me to choose their causes. Just two nights ago I found Oxfam’s operations director rooting around in my bins trying to tape my shredded bank statements back together.

This month’s monthly Charity of the Month is Vision Aid Overseas, a small charity with just 7 staff, 175 volunteers and income that topped £1 million for the first time last year. It works to help the estimated 670 million people in the world who have poor eyesight but no access to glasses or treatment.

Vision Aid Overseas was founded in 1985 and works in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia. It supports 11 Vision Clinics and last year gave 42,000 eye tests and distributed 35,000 glasses. This is a massive difference to make to people in countries where short-sightedness is a disability that could land you in a school for the blind or make you unable to work. My donation will pay for ten children’s eye tests, making me a hero of blue plaque proportions.

That done, I’m off to chase Amnesty’s senior fundraiser off my garden wall. I wouldn’t mind but my lawn’s littered with her empty Um Bongo cartons. Bloody cheek.

Photo credit: Vision Aid Overseas