Specsavers Weymouth would like to thank the community for helping them collect 2,015 pairs of glasses in just three months for eyecare charity, Vision Aid Overseas.

Donating old specs in store

Between October and December, Specsavers, located at 83 St Thomas Street, invited people to donate their old specs in store to the charity, which provides eyecare services to communities in developing countries. The target of collecting 2,015 pairs of specs was reached half way through December.

Specsavers Weymouth store director, Mark Hayles says: ‘We’re so grateful to everyone who has taken the time to bring in their old glasses.

‘Vision Aid Overseas does a tremendous amount of work providing support to people who lack access to eyecare services. In this country, we can easily access professional eyecare on the high street and it’s something we all take for granted. In the developing world it’s a very different story and for that reason it is important we do what we can to improve eye health elsewhere.

‘We couldn’t have hit this huge figure without the help of our community, so a massive thanks to everyone who has donated their specs to this fantastic cause.’

Vision Aid Overseas

VAO works in Africa to transform access to eyecare services and is part of the Vision 2020 initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. Since 2003 Specsavers stores have collected and recycled more than a quarter of a million glasses for the charity, and have raised over £550,000.

This money has helped a number of projects including solely funding an eyecare clinic in the Zambian capital Lusaka, which was officially opened by Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins.

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