Specsavers in Acomb is celebrating a major boost for a charity campaign to help the people of Africa to see clearly after collecting nearly 1,800 donations of unwanted glasses from its customers in 2016.
Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas has been helping some of the poorest people in the world to see properly for over 30 years. The charity’s mission is to enable people living in poverty to access affordable glasses and eye care.
All the collected glasses are recycled and the money made is used to help provide eyecare in developing countries.
Working with Vision Aid Overseas, staff and customers at Specsavers Acomb have shown their generosity by bringing a record-number of old glasses to the store for donation over the last year.
Store director, Stephen McEnaney, 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.’
The project has been hugely successful in 2016, and the team is hopeful that even more donations of old glasses will be received during 2017.