The support of the Wiseman Memorial Fund has been repaid some 42 years after helping a struggling optometry student, much to the delight of the charity’s trustees.
Malkiad Singh, who set up his practice, Eyes Rite Opticians in Dovercourt, Harwich, 30 years ago, has always remembered the support that he received from the benevolent charity back in 1971. “I came from Tanzania to study optometry at Glasgow and had very little money.
The £50 donation from the Wiseman Memorial Fund paid the whole year’s fees and I met the rest of my costs by working in restaurants. I have always been very grateful for this support and have not forgotten the kindness. Now I can afford to remember those who helped me in the past, but I am still working out what the interest should be! I am sure that money can now be used to help someone else,” said the 67 year old.
Mr Singh, who worked initially in Scotland and then moved to Colchester Hospital before setting up his practice, is involved in much local charitable work and volunteered as a Games Maker working with the disabled athletes at the Olympic park last summer.
Chairman of the Wiseman Memorial Fund, John Andrews, commented – “It was wonderful to hear that a donation by earlier Trustees has helped a determined young man to success. We are also delighted to receive the funds back to the coffers to support more youngsters.”