A school girl from St Paul’s Catholic College in Burgess Hill has praised the efforts of a local charity after taking a trip to Kenya this year.

Millie Partridge, 15, travelled to East Africa in February with SeeKenya where volunteers carried out more than 1,200 eye tests and made over 1,000 pairs of glasses.

The organisation provides specialist treatment and eye care services to marginalised communities within the country.

The charity claims over 95 per cent of people in Kenya do not have access to eye care.

Millie was one of 15 volunteers joined by four optometrists on the 12-day trip to the Mount Kenya region.

Millie said:

“This trip with SeeKenya was, and will be one of the highlights of my life.

“It is a beautiful and contrasting country with beautiful and contrasting people living there.

“I think it’s an amazing thing that everyone should try to do.

“Being on a team and being able to change people’s lives by helping them to read at school or drive or sew has been an honour and something I will remember forever.”

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Millie helped out with eye tests, and educated Kenyans on protecting their eyes and wearing sunglasses.

To pay for the trip, Millie raised £1,600 through cake sales with her sister Ruby and donations.

The charity runs two trips a year to Kenya to provide eye care to poor and remote communities.