Specsavers in Allerton has thanked its loyal customers for donating 5,000 of their old glasses as part of a charity campaign with Vision Aid Overseas to help improve sight of those living in Africa.

'Huge success'

Zoe Morris, store director at Specsavers in Allerton, said: ‘The 2017 campaign was a huge success thanks to our generous customers bringing in their old glasses. Each one will make a great difference.

‘In the UK, we are lucky to have opticians’ services readily available and it’s easy to take our vision for granted. In some parts of the world, people aren’t so lucky and don’t have access to these services as easily, so these donations and Vision Aid Overseas can have a massive impact on people’s lives.’

About the charity

Vision Aid Overseas was founded in 1985 and has been helping some of the poorest people in the world see more clearly for over 30 years. The mission of VAO is to give people living in poverty access to affordable glasses and eye care.

The glasses that are collected are all recycled and the money made is put towards providing optical services in developing countries. Working with Vision Aid Overseas, staff and customers have shown great generosity by donating a record-number of unused glasses to the store.

Since 2008, VAO has been Specsavers international eye care charity. They have raised over £600,000 for Zambian eye care and provided facilities including 10 staffed vision centres throughout Zambia, a national eye care outreach programme and an optometry technologist training course at the Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka.

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