Specsavers in Old Swan has collected 360 pairs of glasses during 2014 in order to help the people of Zambia to see clearly.
Working with Vision Aid Overseas, staff and customers at Specsavers Old Swan have shown their generosity by bringing their old glasses to the store for donation.
The project has been hugely successful in 2014, and the team is hopeful that donations will continue to be received in the New Year.
Store director Laura Mills says: ‘We would really like to thank all of our customers who helped us in this project. In a country where opticians’ services are readily available, such as the UK, it is easy to take our vision for granted. In the developing world, the provision of optical services has a real impact on peoples’ lives.’
How the donations will help
All the collected glasses are recycled and the money made is used to help provide eyecare in developing countries.
To date, Specsavers has channelled more than £800,000 into eye care charity Vision Aid Overseas. In 2011 the company opened Zambia’s first optometry training centre; an achievement Specsavers hopes to develop on in the future.
Old Swan store director will go to Zambia to help later this year
Later this year, Laura Mills, store director from Old Swan, will travel to the centre for the third time in recent years in order to share her skills again, helping local people to look after their eyes and make improvements to their vision.