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Edmonds and Slatter Opticians, who have practices in Blaby, Glenfield and Lutterworth, have recently raised £850 for an orphanage in Malawi.

Rosemary Lowdon who lives in Lutterworth and is an optician at the groups practice in the town is a trustee of the fund which raises money for the Home Of Hope Orphanage in Malawi. The orphanage hit the headlines recently when Madonna adopted a one year old child from there.

The orphanage has been a home for 500 children since it opened in 1997. The children that live there are homed in sparse concrete and corrugated iron houses and have very few school books. Approximately 8.4% of the Malawi population have aids and some of the children are HIV positive.

The Malawi Orphan fund is the Opticians charity of the year and they organised a big raffle to raise money. Two of their longest standing patients made the draw at the Blaby practice.

For more information about the orphanage and the charity, visit www.homeofhope.org.uk

**Picture attached left to right: Amy Coleburne, Lutterworth manageress and charity co-ordinator, Janet and David Statham who drew the raffle **