Pupils from Carnarvon Primary School in Bingham have been busy collecting specs which will be used to help improve eyecare in developing countries.

Spearheaded by sibling pupils Tilly and Matthew Edmonds and with the support of Specsavers Bingham, the school collected some 70 pairs of old or unwanted specs which will be sent onto the charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO). Six-year-old Tilly even wrote to her headmaster to ask him to get behind the idea.

Amit Rana and Sophie Brittle from the store picked up the glasses from the school, before sending them onto VAO who recycle the specs to raise money for its charitable work.

A word from the optical director

‘We were delighted when we were approached by Matthew who wanted to help our appeal for old specs to support VAO,’ said optical director, Amit Rana. ‘Around 1.1 billion people worldwide cannot see properly simply because they need glasses, so the work that VAO does is crucial in making a difference to lives in developing countries.’

A word from Carnarvon Primary School

Carnarvon Primary School headteacher, Mr Cunliffe added: ‘As specs wearers, Matthew and Tilly were keen to put their old glasses to good use and so came up with the idea of recycling them for charity.  Helping VAO in this way is such a simple yet effective initiative, so we’ve decided to continue the collection, supporting Specsavers with its appeal for old specs.’

You can also drop off your old glasses at the store.

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