Do you have any old, unwanted specs lying around the house? Specsavers in Arnold are asking locals to donate their used glasses ahead of a charity trip to Ghana in October.

Back to the Ashanti

The team at the store on Front Street will be waving off two members of staff, Claire Fletcher and Miles Davies, on Friday 7 October for their ten day trip to the Ashanti region of Ghana to provide much-needed optical care to the locals, running clinics to treat eye conditions and administer specs.

‘It’s a fantastic initiative which we have been working on in partnership with the Ashanti Development for years now,’ enthused store director Claire Fletcher. ‘Last time we managed to visit was in 2014, and each trip makes a difference to the quality of life of hundreds of people. Not only can we provide them with suitable glasses, we can treat them for other eye conditions or refer them to specialists.

Reusing the specs

‘We want to encourage anyone who has old and unwanted specs to donate them in store,' continued Claire. 'Our aim is to collect 1,500 pairs to take with us, so please bring in any dusty, out-of-date specs and we will be very willing to take them off your hands!’

The specs will be cleaned, assessed for prescription, tagged, re-packaged and taken to be dispensed at clinics in Ghana.

Ashanti Development is a charity which is run solely by volunteers. It was set up at the request of Ghanaians living in London who asked their friends and neighbours for help to improve the lives of the people they left behind in their home villages. The charity aims to provide remote villages in the Ashanti Region with water and sanitation, healthcare, education and income generating activities. For more information, please visit

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