The Specsavers Haverfordwest team has seen more than 1,250 frames donated to an international eye care charity thanks to locals donating glasses they no longer need.

A ‘significant contribution’

Staff encouraged customers to bring their spare frames into the Bridge Street store and donate them to Vision Aid Overseas (VAO), an eye care charity supporting people living in Africa’s poorest nations.

‘Once again, the people of Haverfordwest have grouped together to make a significant contribution to a worthy cause,’ says store director, Paul Skoczek. ‘Just one pair of glasses can help aid the health and education of someone living in one of the world’s most deprived areas, so we’re thrilled to have been able to collect more than 1,250 frames.

‘We are always accepting frame donations in-store and would encourage anyone who has an unwanted pair to stop by and leave them with us so that we can send them on to Vision Aid Overseas and help them continue to enhance the quality of life of those living with sight issues in Africa.’

Half a million pounds raised

VAO, which was founded in 1985 to improve the eye health of people living in countries such as Ghana, Zambia and Ethiopia, will recycle the frames, and use the money raised to help create vision centres and fund the training of eye care professionals in the developing countries.

Over the past decade, Specsavers has raised more than £500,000 for the charity, helping to improve the eye health of people in Africa. The money has aided a number of projects, including the construction of a vision centre in the city of Kasama and the funding an eye care clinic in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka.

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