Giving Sight To Africa
Specsavers in Widnes is calling out for customers to contribute to its charity campaign to help the people of Zambia to see clearly, after collecting hundreds of unwanted glasses during 2016.
Working with Vision Aid Overseas, staff and customers at Specsavers Widnes have shown their generosity by donating old glasses to the store over the last year, and hope customers can help them collect even more in 2017.
Store director Angela Perls said: ‘We would like to thank all of our customers who helped us in this project recently and please do keep bringing in your 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 the developing world, the provision of optical services has a real impact on peoples’ lives.’
All the collected glasses are recycled and the money made is used to help provide eyecare in developing countries. In October, students from local Ashley High School did their part, raising awareness and collecting glasses for the initiative throughout the entire staff and student body for Widnes Specsavers.
To date, Specsavers has channelled more than £800,000 into eye care charity Vision Aid Overseas. In 2011 the company opened Zambia’s first optometry training centre; an achievement Specsavers hopes to develop on in the future.