Old frames for Africa - Ashton shoppers give generously
Kind-hearted customers have given thousands of pairs of glasses to Specsavers' Vision Aid Overseas collection this year.
3,600 pairs of specs given
Throughout 2015, the store at Ladysmith Shopping centre has sent 3,600 pairs of old, unwanted frames, dropped off by its customers, to the charity which helps Zambian people living with vision impairments.
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.
The donations have a real impact on people's lives
James Richardson, store director at Specsavers Ashton, says: 'We want to pass a huge thank you on to our generous customers. 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.'