Small change buys a priceless gift

“Only four pounds. Imagine that. Who would have thought it could cost so little?” asked Grandma Lorna.

“What are we buying now?” Grandad Ron wanted to know.

“Nothing,” she said. “That’s all it costs this charity called Sightsavers to stop a trachoma sufferer from going blind. I bet there’s four pounds down the back of the armchair you always sit in,” she added.

“Oddly enough, I knew that already,” he said.

“What, the cost of an operation to save someone’s sight, or how much money there is amongst the fluff and biscuit crumbs in your armchair?”

Ignoring the jibe about his loose change, Ron said: “Sightsavers is one of the charities Solo Expenses supports with regular donations from the revenues it makes by selling its small business expense management app to companies around the world.”

“Oh,” said Lorna, surprised at how well-informed her husband was.

“Yes,” he said. “Sightsavers’ work does just what it says on the tin. It stops people going blind, and can even reverse sight loss. They work in more than 30 countries, you know.”

“I didn’t,” she said.

“Yes, more than 30, in Africa and Asia mostly. What I didn’t know until recently was that there are about 36 million blind people in the world, and three-quarters of those could be cured, or their sight loss could have been prevented. Four pounds sounds like a paltry sum to do something so life changing.”

Sightsavers is one of a number of charities backed with regular giving by Solo Expenses. Company co-founder Sunita Nigam said all companies had a duty of care to support people who had been denied the same life chances available to people in richer countries. “We choose to help people to whom life has dealt with really cruel blows. The people helped by Sightsavers are a prime example, so important when you consider that 80% of the information our brains process is gathered through the gift of sight. We also support other organizations caring for the blind, we help orphans in Africa, victims of sex trafficking, help to fund research into Alzheimer’s, and support the Worldwide Fund for Nature.

“It seems only right that in helping people run their businesses more efficiently by managing the expenses process, we should give our clients the opportunity to support these good causes too.

“There’s no need to select charities, or make extra payments for our services – in fact we actually give some of them away – so when companies work with the expense manager app – Solo Expenses, everyone can be a winner, and support those who, without our help, most definitely aren’t.”