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Lancaster team gives sight to Africa

14 January, 2015
Lancaster Specsavers staff are celebrating after collecting thousands of pairs of glasses during 2014
Lancaster Specsavers staff are celebrating after collecting thousands of pairs of glasses during 2014

The Lancaster store is celebrating after collecting thousands of pairs of glasses during 2014 in order to help the people of Zambia to see clearly.

Working with Vision Aid Overseas, staff and customers at Specsavers Lancaster have shown their generosity by bringing their old glasses to the store for donation.

A great cause

The project has been hugely successful in 2014, and the team is hopeful that donations will continue to be received in the New Year.

Store retail director Martin Jeffery said: ‘We would really like to thank all of our customers who helped us in this project. In a country where opticians’ services are readily available, such as the UK, it is easy to take our vision for granted. In the developing world, the provision of optical services has a real impact on peoples’ lives.’

Clear success

All the collected glasses are recycled and the money made is used to help provide eyecare in developing countries.

To date, Specsavers has channelled more than £800,000 into eye care charity Vision Aid Overseas. In 2011 the company opened Zambia’s first optometry training centre; an achievement Specsavers hopes to develop on in the future.

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