Sale's gift of vision to developing countries
To support Vision Aid Overseas, Specsavers in Sale has collected over 1,000 glasses help those suffering with poor eyesight in developing countries. The Market Walk store in Sale has a reputation for being kind and helpful.
The team managed to collect a whopping 1,200 pairs of old specs from the general public to be recycled.
The money raised will help to give people in Africa access to vital eye tests and treatment, as well as training up local optometrists to ensure future eye care for patients.
Eye care taken for granted
Store director, Stuart Totten, said: ‘Eye care is something that we take for granted in the UK because there is an optician on almost every high street.’
‘For people in developing countries this is not the case, and as a result children are unable to finish their education, parents cannot work to support their families and some grandparents have never seen their grandchildren.
In some of these cases all they need is an eye test and a pair of glasses.
The situation in Zambia is alien to us in Britain where we can easily access professional eye care on the high street.
Bring in your old glasses
By simply bringing your old specs to us you can complete an easy act of kindness that will help improve the life of somebody in the developing world.
To date, the money raised has been put to good use by funding the construction of a school for optometry in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, and opened vision centres in each of the country’s nine provinces.