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Spec donations help make a difference for developing world

01 August, 2016
Melanie Mitchell, dispensing assistant, with the donated glasses
Melanie Mitchell, dispensing assistant, with the donated glasses

Specsavers is urging people in Hillsborough to dig out their old, unwanted glasses so they can be used to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.

An eye-opening achievement
Last year, the Specsavers store on Middlewood Road collected more than 4500 pairs of old frames from local customers.

Hillsborough Specsavers collects spare and unused frames in store and donates them to Vision Aid Overseas.

Local people can do their bit to further the partnership’s goal simply by calling into Hillsborough Specsavers and dropping their old glasses in a special collection bin.

How will it help?
The glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in developing countries such as Zambia. This includes giving people those all-important eye tests and treatment by training up local optometrists.

Gary Bamford, director of Hillsborough Specsavers, says: ‘Professional eye care is available to the whole of Britain. So why should we let others in poorer countries suffer? I can’t stress enough the importance of recycling your old glasses; it’s for a good cause and can result in improving eye health for everyone in Zambia.’

Amazing results
Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade and is continuing to do so. In this time, the opticians have raised more than £800,000 and have collected an excess of 250,000 pairs of glasses.

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