The Middlebrook Retail Park Specsavers team has celebrated a major boost for its charity campaign to help the people of Zambia to see clearly after collecting more than 1,000 donations of unwanted glasses from its customers.

Working with Vision Aid Overseas, staff and customers at Specsavers Middlebrook have shown their generosity by bringing a record number of old glasses to the store for donation over the last three months.

1,000 donations in three months

The project has been hugely successful so far in 2015, and the team is hopeful that donations will continue to be received throughout the year.

Store manager Kevin Juste said: ‘We would like to thank all of our customers who helped us in this project recently and please do keep bringing in your glasses. Every single one will make a difference.

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.’

£80k channelled so far

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.

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