Local Alton residents continue to play a key role in helping those less fortunate in developing countries get access to quality eyecare and the store would like to say a big thank you.
Over 500 pairs have been donated so far this year
Over the years, locals have been donating their old glasses to Specsavers at 43 High Street in their thousands to support the international charity, Vision Aid Overseas. These unwanted, broken or out of date frames gathering dust in drawers at homes, regularly get donated to the store throughout the year and help to assist the charity with its cause.
What the charity does
Vision Aid Overseas uses monies raised from the recycling of the glasses, as well as proceeds attained from reusable parts, towards establishing vision centres, equipment and training of local eyecare professionals in isolated communities.
A word from the store director
Optometrist store director Lateef Iqbal says: ‘We wanted to say a thank you to everyone who has played their role in helping Vision Aid Overseas over the years and for their amazing support already this year.
'In Alton and nationwide, we are very lucky to have access to professional eyecare services. But in developing countries, millions of people can’t see properly because they need glasses and thousands are in danger of going blind, due to the lack of professionals and basic facilities.'
'To think that an old pair of glasses can make such a difference is incredible so we want to remind all local Alton residents to do a quick sweep around the home, the car, their office desks for old frames. Together, we can make a real difference.'