A Wetherby optician is asking people to donate their old unwanted glasses to help those living in countries where eyecare is not readily available.

An amazing achievement

So far this year, Specsavers in Wetherby has collected an amazing 6,000 pairs of glasses from the generous residents in the town.

The frames are recycled by Vision Aid Overseas, and the money is used to support its work in developing countries. Local customers can drop into the store at Unit 3 of the Horsefair Shopping Centre and leave their unwanted specs in the special collection bins to help further the cause.

A word from the director

Geoff Harper, store director at Specsavers in Wetherby said: ‘We’re absolutely thrilled with the continuing support we’ve had from the local community. To collect 3,000 pairs of glasses is a fantastic achievement, but we’re sure there must be more out there.

'Please drop by with any unwanted specs you might have to help this admirable cause.’

Ongoing efforts

Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade and is continuing to do so.

In this time, the optician has raised more than £800,000 and has collected in excess of 250,000 pairs of glasses. The money has been put to good use by funding the construction of a school for optometry in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, and the opening of vision centres in each of the country’s nine provinces. For more information about Vision Aid Overseas, visit www.vao.org.uk.

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