Specsavers in Burgess Hill is calling upon local residents to donate their old and unwanted specs to the store, which will then be donated to Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).
The charity recycles the glasses and uses the money made from selling the reusable materials to fund its charity work in developing countries. This includes giving people much-needed eye tests and treatment, and training up local optometrists.
Specsavers Burgess Hill store director Trevor Hoare says: ‘Access to professional eyecare is something we all take for granted in this country but in the developing world it’s a very different story.
‘I call upon our loyal customers to look through their drawers and cupboards and donate their old specs. There must be thousands of spare specs lying around in the area that are no longer of use to their owners but that could change other peoples’ lives.’
Since 2003, Specsavers has donated £800,000 to VAO meaning 85,000 people have been able to receive eyecare in Zambia. On top of this vision centres have been opened in eight Zambian provinces and the donation has helped to open the country’s first optometry training centre which was officially opened by Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins.