10,000 glasses donated to charity from Rhyl store collections
The team at the White Rose Centre store has passed on a big thank you to the people of Rhyl, who have generously donated more than 10,000 pairs of glasses to charity in 2015.
Vision Aid Overseas is an international charity dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries. 670 million people - 10% of the world's population - are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of spectacles.
Specsavers in Rhyl acts as a drop off point, encouraging customers to donate old glasses for the cause. They also work closely with local nursing homes who donate residents' glasses.
The store would like to thank everyone who has made this year's collection a success. In a country where opticians’ services are readily available, such as the UK, it is easy to take vision for granted. In the developing world, the provision of optical services has a real impact on peoples’ lives.
All the collected glasses are recycled and the money made is used to help provide eyecare in developing countries.
Specsavers’ commitment to the charity
To date, Specsavers has channelled more than £800,000 into eye care charity Vision Aid Overseas. This contribution has helped open 10 vision centres across Zambia to serve people who previously had little or no access to eye care. Specsavers has committed to work with VAO until at least 2017 to support ophthalmic health professionals in the country.