The team at Specsavers in Ashbourne is celebrating reaching 1,000 pairs of specs collected in store for the charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).

Raising money for eye care in developing countries
If you have specs you no longer use, you can donate them to VAO at Ashbourne Specsavers. Old pairs of glasses are separated into components by the charity and the materials are sold to raise money for their projects, bringing eye care to developing countries.

Customers in Ashbourne have already donated a staggering 1,000 pairs of glasses since the store began collecting.

Thank you
‘It’s amazing that we’ve had so many specs donated in this short space of time. Thank you to everyone who has brought in their old glasses, whether they originally came from Specsavers or not,’ said store director, Andrew Wells. ‘Specsavers has a long-standing partnership with VAO and the work the charity does in African countries is truly inspiring.’

‘VAO helps to train optometrists in African countries where there is very little in the way of eye care, as well as arranging for visiting teams from the UK, often including Specsavers staff, to test and dispense glasses to whole towns and villages.’

Bring in your old specs
‘We’re amazed by the response so far to our VAO campaign – but the more glasses donated, the better, so please keep bringing them in,’ Andrew said. ‘We know lots of people have old specs lying around at home, maybe forgotten in a drawer, so if you’re having a clear out, please remember us.’

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