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Old glasses raise money for charity

01 May, 2014
Specsavers St Brelade staff with charity glasses collection
Specsavers in St Brelade is asking people to donate their old and unwanted glasses to charity, to help people with sight problems in the developing world.
 
Specsavers Opticians is collecting glasses for global sight charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO). 
 
Customers can simply drop their old frames into the VAO collection box in the store. The charity recycles the glasses and uses the money it makes from selling the reusable materials to fund its work in developing countries. This includes giving people eye tests and treatment and training up local optometrists.
 
Store manager Karen Williamson says: ‘In Jersey we are lucky enough to have access to high quality eye care but this is not the case in many parts of the developing world. Poor eyesight can affect someone’s ability to learn or work so VAO’s work giving eye tests and dispensing glasses is vital.’
 
‘We are aiming to collect 1,000 pairs by the end of the year so I’d encourage anyone with an old pair of glasses at home to drop them into the store.