Specsavers staff in Grimsby and Cleethorpes are urging residents to dig out their old, unwanted glasses so they can be used to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.
The store collects spare and unused frames to donate them to Vision Aid Overseas. The glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in Zambia. This includes giving people badly-needed eye tests and treatment, and training up local optometrists.
Previously, there was very limited provision for the one in four Zambians who desperately require eyecare, with just a handful of qualified optometrists serving the 12million population.
Local people can do their bit to further the partnership’s goal simply by calling into either the Grimsby or Cleethorpes Specsavers to drop their old glasses in a special collection bin. Last year, the stores collected more than 7,500 of old frames from local customers.
Graeme Foster, at Specsavers, comments: ‘The situation in Zambia is alien to us in Britain where professional eye care is available to all on the high street. For this reason it is important we do what we can to improve eye health elsewhere.
‘There must be thousands of spare specs lying around in drawers around the country that are no longer of use to their owners. All donations are welcome.’
Vision Aid Overseas
Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade and is continuing to do so. In this time, the opticians has raised more than £370,000 and has collected in excess of 250,000 pairs of glasses. The money has been put to good use by funding the construction of a school for optometry in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, and two vision centres in the country’s Central and Luapula provinces. The charity aims to add six more vision centres by 2015 so that there is one in each province of Zambia.