An opticians in Leighton Buzzard has collected almost 2,000 glasses for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).
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Specsavers, located at 18 Waterborne Walk, have been asking people to donate their old and unused glasses to the charity, which provides eye care services for people in Zambia.
Store director, Ekta Kotecha, says: ‘We’re so grateful for the generosity of the Leighton Buzzard community. We have been able to collect a huge number of frames which will be sent to VAO and will go to provide better eye care facilities for those that need it the most.
‘These unwanted frames really do make all the difference and we are always here to collect them from customers. It’s important that we provide eye care opportunities for those who are less fortunate than us.’
VAO works in Africa to transform access to eye care services and is part of the Vision 2020 initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. Since 2003 Specsavers stores have collected and recycled more than a quarter of a million glasses for the charity, and have raised over £550,000.