Specsavers stores across north-west England and north Wales have collected more than 177,000 pairs of glasses from generous customers during 2015, in order to help Zambian people living with vision impairments.
Vision Aid Oversees
Working with Vision Aid Overseas, staff and customers across the 74 stores in the region have shown their generosity by bringing their old glasses into stores for donation.
The project has been hugely successful in 2015, with the total amount of glasses collected almost equivalent to a pair of specs for every seat at Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium and Anfield. Store teams across the region are hopeful that donations will continue to be received in 2016.
Sincere thanks to customers
All of the stores have expressed a sincere thanks to customers who helped in this project. In a country where opticians’ services are readily available, such as the UK, it is easy to take vision for granted. In the developing world, the provision of optical services has a real impact on peoples’ lives.
All the collected glasses are recycled and the money made is used to help provide eyecare in developing countries.
Specsavers’ commitment to the charity
To date, Specsavers has channelled more than £800,000 into eye care charity Vision Aid Overseas. This contribution has helped open 10 vision centres across Zambia to serve people who previously had little or no access to eye care. Specsavers has committed to work with VAO until at least 2017 to support ophthalmic health professionals in the country.