Old specs help change lives in Zambia

18 July, 2016
Staff at Goole Specsavers support Vision Aid Overseas
Staff at Goole Specsavers opticians show their support for Vision Aid Overseas

Goole Specsavers are calling out to residents to drop in their old unwanted glasses to donate to those living in areas where eyecare is not readily available, as the team continue to support eyecare in Zambia.

Every donation counts

So far, Specsavers in Goole have collected an amazing 850 pairs of glasses from the generous residents in the area. Locals can drop into the store on Boothferry Road and leave their unwanted specs in the dedicated collection bins to help further the cause.

Robert Winlow, store director at Goole Specsavers said: ‘Everyone in the store is thrilled that we’ve managed to collect such an amazing number of glasses. Vision Aid Overseas is a brilliant charity and donating old glasses is a really easy and effective way to help them further their work. If you have any more lying around in drawers or at the back of the cupboards, please do bring them in.’

Trash to treasure

The frames are recycled by the charity and the money is used to support its work in developing countries. The aim is to improve eye health across the globe and Vision Aid Overseas estimates that 640 million people worldwide are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of glasses.

Specsavers have worked closely with the charity for the last decade and is continuing to do so. In this time, Specsavers have raised more than £300,000 and helped more than 13,000 patients in Zambia.

The money has been put to good use by funding many vision centres including the construction of the next vision centre in Kasama, which will serve the Northern Province and Mongu for the Western Province.

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