Specsavers in Belle Vale has thanked its customers for generously giving 2,500 of their unrequired glasses to the store as part of Specsavers charity campaign to help people in Africa see more clearly.
Vision Aid Overseas has been providing help for over 30 years for some of the world’s poorest people to be able to see better. The mission of the charity is to give people living in developing countries the opportunity to have affordable glasses and eye care.
Once the glasses have been donated, they are recycled and the money is used to aid optical services in the places that need it.
Shoppers and staff in Belle Vale donated a record number of glasses to the store throughout 2017.
Adam Ormrod, store director at Specsavers in Belle Vale, said: ‘Every single donation will make a huge difference and we’re very grateful to our customers and staff for donating all that they can.
‘We have optical services readily available here in the UK and we’re lucky to do so. Others in poorer countries sadly don’t have the same facilities as us, so the work of Vision Aid Overseas and these donations really can have a great impact on people’s lives.’
Since 2008, Specsavers has been supporting the work of VAO. Over £600,000 has been raised for eye care in Zambia and this has led to vision centres being built, a national eye care outreach programme and a training course in Lusaka.