Specsavers in Belper are thanking the local community for their generosity in donating unwanted specs to help optical charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).

Vast donations 

The team has been busy collecting old and unwanted specs from members of the public, and the sheer quantity has meant that they have been donating on average two boxes of specs per week.


The donated specs will be recycled by VAO and the money used to support the charity’s work providing eye care to people in deprived areas of Africa.

A word from the store director 

‘We’re delighted to have collected such a huge amount of specs and we’d like to thank the community for getting behind the appeal,’ said Specsavers store director, Andy McBride. ‘VAO carries out important work to help support those who don’t have access to the range of healthcare services that we do in this country.


‘There’s still a way to go, so we’re also encouraging locals to continue to support us in our collections and drop their old specs that might be lying about the house into store.’


VAO is dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries and raises money by selling the materials recycled from old glasses. The process is environmentally friendly and enables the charity to fund its overseas projects.


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