Specsavers Kirkby has thanked customers for donating over 1200 of their used, or unwanted glasses in 2019, as part of Specsavers charity campaign to help people living in poverty in Africa to see more clearly.

Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas has been helping some of the poorest people in the world for more than 30 years. The charity’s mission is to enable people living in poverty to access affordable glasses and eye care.

All the collected glasses are recycled and the money made is used to help provide optical services in developing countries.

Working with Vision Aid Overseas, staff and customers at Specsavers in Kirkby have shown their generosity by bringing a record-number of old glasses to the store for donation over the past year.

A word from the store director

Aisha Tasleem, store director, says: ‘The campaign this last year has been a massive success thanks to our very kind customers from Kirkby and the surrounding areas for bringing in their old glasses. Every single one will make a difference.

‘In a country where opticians’ services are readily available, such as the UK, it is easy to take our vision for granted. In poorer parts of the world where people don’t have access to eye care services, these donations and Vision Aid Overseas can make a significant impact on people’s lives.’

Vision Aid Overseas has been Specsavers international eye care charity since 2008. The group has raised over £600,000 for Zambian eye care including an optometry technologists training course at the Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka, 10 staffed vision centres across Zambia and a national eyecare outreach programme.

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