the store, which will then be donated to Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).
The charity recycles the glasses and uses the money made from selling the reusable materials to fund its charity work in developing countries. This includes giving people much-needed eye tests and treatment, and training up local optometrists.
Specsavers Bexhill store director Rob Lifting says: ‘In this country we can easily access professional eyecare on the high street and it’s something we all take for granted. In the developing world it’s a very different story and for that reason it is important we do what we can to improve eye health elsewhere.
‘There must be thousands of spare specs lying around in drawers across the area that are no longer of use to their owners but that could change other peoples’ lives. We would like to thank our loyal customers in advance for their help.’
Vision Aid Overseas
VAO 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 have raised over £550,000.
This money has helped a number of projects including solely funding an eyecare clinic in the Zambian capital Lusaka, which was officially opened by Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins.