Generous residents have helped Specsavers Leven stockpile a large collection of old and unwanted glasses to help people in developing countries.

Thanks to the kind donations from the community, more than 700 pairs of specs have been collected at the local opticians since spring of last year.

All the frames will be handed over to eyecare charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) to be recycled and the funds generated will be used to provide eyecare to those who need it in the developing world.

Helping a worthy cause

Stewart Wilson, director of Specsavers in Leven, said: ‘The support we’ve had from the local community has been fantastic and I can’t thank our customers enough for recycling their glasses with us.

‘Specsavers has been a supporter of VAO for many years - it’s a great charity. Unfortunately, lots of people overseas don’t have access to the most basic of eyecare so receiving a pair of prescription glasses can make a remarkable difference to their lives.

‘I’d like to encourage our customers to keep handing over their old and unwanted specs to help a very worthy cause.’

Specsavers and Vision Aid Overseas have a joint commitment to provide eyecare for people living in Zambia. As part of its ongoing fundraising for the charity, Specsavers has to date channelled more than £800,000 into the Zambian partnership.

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