Specsavers in Sleaford have set themselves an ambitious target for 2017: to collect 5,000 pairs of unwanted specs for charity.
The team at Specsavers on Southgate have already been busy collecting specs, encouraging customers to donate their old and unwanted glasses in store to be donated to international charity, Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).
‘We have set up a barometer in the store to monitor the number of pairs we collect and already we have more than 500,’ explained store director, Bijal Ladva. ‘It’s an initiative that we have supported for several years now and this year we’d love to achieve our ambitious target of 5,000 pairs.
‘The work that VAO does is so important for those in developing countries who are affected by poor vision and this is a small way in which we can help. The donated specs are recycled to generate income to support overseas programmes.
‘We’d like to encourage anyone with old specs lying around to hand them in to a member of staff in store.’
Vision Aid Overseas is a UK based organisation that works in several African countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia. The charity, founded in 1985, provides eye tests and glasses to those who need them, and aims to help those living in poverty who have little or no access to eyecare.