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Unwanted Specs appeal for developing world after record breaking 2015 collection

18 March, 2016
Unwanted Specs appeal for developing world

Specsavers is urging people in Harrogate to dig out their old, unwanted glasses so they can be used to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world. Last year, Harrogate Specsavers collected hundreds of old frames from local customers. Nationally, Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade and is continuing to do so. In this time, the opticians have raised more than £800,000 and have collected an excess of 250,000 pairs of glasses.

More about the charity Vision Aid Overseas
Harrogate Specsavers collects spare and unused frames at the store on Beulah Street and donates them to Vision Aid Overseas. Local people can do their bit to further the partnership’s goal simply by calling into Harrogate Specsavers and dropping their old glasses in a special collection bin.

The glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in developing countries. This includes giving people those all-important eye tests and treatment by training up local optometrists.

A word from the Store Director
John Broadberry at Harrogate Specsavers, comments: ‘Professional eye care is available to the whole of Britain. So why should we let others in poorer countries suffer? I can’t stress enough the importance of recycling your old glasses; it’s for a good cause and can result in improving eye health for everyone in Zambia.’

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