The Bigglewade store has just surpassed a generous total of 5,000 pairs of glasses donated to charity thanks to the kindness of customers coming into the store.

In need overseas

In a recent push to achieve a record number of frames collected, the Biggleswade store has been amazed at the generosity of customers and local residents who have dropped by to donate their old and unwanted specs to be recycled, helping to fund eyecare for those in need overseas.

The initiative, set up by Vision Aid Overseas (VAO), recycles used glasses for their precious metal content, and the income generated is used to support programmes overseas by enabling the charity to provide essential eye health services in the country such as new- build vision centres, which offer free eye health services to the community.

The funds also enable the charity to set-up an infrastructure for training new eye health professionals as well as the ability to transport staff to the most needy and vulnerable areas in the world – providing eye care and glasses.

A word from the director

Alpesh Mistry, director of Specsavers in Biggleswade, said: ‘The generosity of people in the local area has been astounding. Their selfless donations have enabled us to give VAO the much needed funds they’re seeking to provide help to people in other countries.

‘In the UK, where we take affordable eyecare for granted at time, it’s hard to imagine a world where access is hundreds of miles away. The impact of poor eye health is profound hindering education, work life and sporting ability.

‘We’re continuing to collect glasses in store, so if you have any old pairs at home – we’d be delighted to add them to our collection and send them on to the charity.’

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