Staff at Specsavers in Barry have collected more than 1,000 pairs of glasses to donate to an eyecare charity that helps individuals in some of Africa’s poorest nations.

Collected in memory

Staff collected the frames to donate to Vision Aid Overseas in memory of a member of staff who recently passed away.

The glasses were collected by Tracey Sweeting and Alison Warren, members of the Specsavers Healthcall team, following visits to housebound or elderly customers of the Barry store.

Staff at the Holton Road store have also been collecting donations from customers and raising awareness of Vision Aid Overseas, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Vision Aid Overseas works in Africa to transform access to eyecare services and is part of the Vision 2020 initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. Since 2003, Specsavers stores have collected and recycled more than a quarter of a million glasses for the charity, and raised over £550,000.

Honour her memory

Jamie Pullen, director of Specsavers in Barry, said: ‘I’d like to thank the community in Barry for really getting behind our continued support of Vision Aid Overseas.

‘After the tragic loss of one of our opticians, the whole team felt that it was a really fantastic way to honour her memory by continuing to donate to her favourite charity.

‘All of the staff are thrilled to have collected such an incredible number of glasses for Vision Aid Oversees. I’d like to encourage anyone who has an old pair of frames lying around the house that they no longer wear to drop them into the store as they really will make a significant difference to someone else’s life.’

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