Specsavers in Ilkley are calling out to residents to drop in their old unwanted glasses to donate to those living in areas where eyecare is not readily available, as the team continue to support eyecare in Zambia.
So far, Specsavers in Ilkley have collected an amazing 1,750 pairs of glasses from the generous residents in the area. Locals can drop into store in The Moors Shopping Centre and leave their unwanted specs in the dedicated collection bins to help further the cause.
Roger Copley, store director at Ilkley Specsavers said: ‘Everyone in the store is thrilled that we’ve managed to collect such an amazing number of glasses. Vision Aid Overseas is a brilliant charity and donating old glasses is a really easy and effective way to help them further their work. If you have any more lying around in drawers or at the back of the cupboards, please do bring them in.’
Trash to treasure
The frames are recycled by the charity and the money is used to support its work in developing countries. The aim is to improve eye health across the globe and Vision Aid Overseas estimates that 640 million people worldwide are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of glasses.
Specsavers have worked closely with the charity for the last decade and is continuing to do so. In this time, Specsavers has raised more than £300,000 and helped more than 13,000 patients in Zambia.
The money has been put to good use by funding many vision centres including the construction of the next vision centre in Kasama, which will serve the Northern Province and Mongu for the Western Province.