The team at Specsavers in West Bridgford is rounding off the year with a donation of more than 3,000 glasses to international eye care charity, Vision Aid Overseas.
Members of staff have been encouraging local residents to donate their old and unwanted specs for the charity, which provides eye care to people living in poverty in African countries. All donations are recycled to generate money for overseas programmes.
Raising money and awareness
Store director Stephen Rogers commented: ‘At the start of the year, we set ourselves a challenge to collect as many pairs of glasses as possible for Vision Aid Overseas, raising money and awareness along the way. We’re absolutely delighted to say that we have collected 3,132 pairs of donated specs.
It is easy to take our vision for granted, especially in a country where optical services are so accessible. But in the countries where Vision Aid Overseas works, these services can make a huge impact on people’s lives.
We’d like to say thank you to our local community for their generous donations and we urge all of our customers to continue to recycle their old glasses!’
Vision Aid Overseas is a UK based organisation that works in a number of African countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia. Founded in 1985, the charity 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.
To find out more about the work that VAO does, go to www.visionaidoverseas.org/.