News

Hundreds of glasses collected

01 March, 2017
Gemma Humphries, optical assistant, with the VAO donation box
Gemma Humphries, optical assistant, with the VAO donation box

Specsavers in Cardigan has donated 250 pairs of second-hand glasses to an eyecare charity for those living in some of the poorest areas of Africa.

Donating unwanted frames

Over the last three months the team on High Street has urged customers and locals to support Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) by bringing their unwanted frames to the store.

VAO was founded in 1985 to improve eye health in countries including Ghana, Zambia and Ethiopia.

The donated frames are recycled and the money that this raises goes towards the training of eyecare staff in those countries and the creation of dedicated vision centres.

Specsavers has helped fund a number of projects, including the construction of an eyecare clinic in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, and has raised more than £300,000 for the charity to date.

Eyecare advancements

Heledd Hallett, store director at Specsavers in Cardigan, said: ‘Just one donation can help change someone’s life, so being able to donate 250 pairs of frames to people in some of the most deprived areas of Africa is a huge achievement.

‘I’d like to say thank you to all who donated and that we will continue to support VAO throughout the year and would encourage anyone who has a spare pair of glasses they no longer want to pop in and put them in one of our collection boxes.’

All Cardigan store information