Staff at Bideford Specsavers store are thanking the local community for donating hundreds of old and unused glasses as part of a charity campaign to help people in Africa to see more clearly.


Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas has been helping some of the poorest people in the world to see properly for more than 30 years. The charity’s mission is to enable people living in poverty to access affordable glasses and eye care. Proud to support All the collected glasses are recycled and the money made is used to help provide optical services in developing countries.

A word from the store

Store director at Specsavers Bideford, Jerry Shrubb, said: ‘The campaign so far this year has been a massive success thanks to our very kind and generous customers bringing in their old glasses. Every single pair brought in throughout this year will make a difference. Jerry added: ‘In a country where opticians’ services are readily available, such as the UK, it is easy to take our vision for granted. In poorer parts of the world where people don’t have access to eye care services, these donations and Vision Aid Overseas can make a significant impact on people’s lives.’

Working with Vision Aid Overseas VAO has been Specsavers international eyecare charity since 2008. The group has raised over £600,000 for Zambian eye care including an optometry technologists training course at the Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka, 10 staffed vision centres across Zambia and a national eye care outreach programme.

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