Barnet Specsavers opticians is donating 286 pairs of specs to impoverished people in developing countries.

Three-figure sum

The team from Specsavers in the town collected the three-figure sum of used and unwanted specs from customers in recent months.

They will now be donated to charity Vision Aid Overseas, where their precious metal will be recovered and the income generated used to help build vision centres, train local eyecare workers and deliver eyecare services to remote and isolated communities in five African nations.

A word from the store director

Pragna Raghwani, director of Specsavers in Barnet, said: ‘We encourage our customers to drop their old specs into our donations box in store, rather than having them gathering dust at home. In recent months we’ve amassed quite a collection which, when recycled, will make a real difference in people’s lives.’

More than 58,000 eye tests have been carried our through Vision Aid Overseas activities in the last year.

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