Residents in East Kilbride are being urged to donate their old, unwanted glasses to Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) which aims to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.


The Specsavers team received an estimated 1,000 pairs of specs from people visiting the store in 2019 and hopes to repeat that success this year.


Shirley-Ann Kennedy, store director at Specsavers in East Kilbride, said: ‘In Britain, we are used to having access to excellent eyecare on our high streets but many people in developing countries are not as lucky, so it’s important we do what we can to improve eye health there.


Fantastic number of frames


‘I’d like to personally thank everyone in East Kilbride who helped us to donate a fantastic number of frames last year. If you have a spare pair of unused frames lying around, we urge you to pop along to the store this year and help us to contribute to this amazing cause in 2020.’


Locals can get involved in the ongoing appeal by dropping their old frames into the store, where they will find VAO collection boxes. The glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in developing countries. This includes giving people much needed eye tests and treatment, and training up local optometrists.


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