An opticians in Newport has collected more than 145 pairs of glasses to donate to an eyecare charity that helps individuals in some of Africa’s poorest nations.

Vision Aid Overseas

Specsavers in Newport collaborated with Mount Pleasant Primary School to collect and donate glasses frames for the international charity, Vision Aid Overseas.

Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas operates in Africa to transform access to eyecare services. The charity 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 raised more than £800,000.

‘Humbling appeal’

Clare Baker, optical assistant at Specsavers in Newport, said: ‘We were very grateful to receive another donation of unwanted glasses from Mount Pleasant Primary School this year. The school has been so supportive of the Vision Aid Overseas appeal, and through its generosity we’re able to help support the valuable work that this charity does.

‘Access to high-quality eyecare services is something that we can often take for granted, but for too many communities in Africa this is not the case. Through its work, Vision Aid Overseas aims to change the quality of life for hundreds of people living with sight problems in Africa.’

Sally Morgan, teacher and eco-co-ordinator at Mount Pleasant Primary School, said: ‘I’d like to thank all the children who asked family and friends to donate their unwanted frames to this humbling appeal.

‘At Mount Pleasant Primary School, we always enjoy working alongside Specsavers in Newport to support Vision Aid Overseas as it teaches pupils about the difficulties other countries face and highlights the importance of eye health from a young age.’

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