Specsavers in Woodley is gifting over 5,000 pairs of glasses to be recycled in support of Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).
The Specsavers store in Woodley teamed up with the Reading Shinfield store and collected the four-figure sum of used and unwanted specs from customers over the last 12 months.
The frames will be sent to the Vision Aid Overseas charity that will recover the precious metals within the frames and share the income to help deliver vital eyecare services to isolated communities in five African nations as well as train local eyecare workers.
Ravi Bhardwaj, director of Specsavers in Woodley, said: ‘We want to encourage our customers to drop their old specs into our donations box in store, rather than having them gathering dust at home. Over the last year we’ve amassed quite a collection which, when recycled, will make a difference in people’s lives.’
More than 58,000 eye tests have been carried our through Vision Aid Overseas activities in the last year.