Specsavers in Birmingham is reminding local people they can donate unwanted specs to help raise money for international charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).

The store is asking customers to drop off any unwanted specs into the bins (dotted around the store) provided. The frames are then collected and recycled with the money generated going to help improve access to eyecare for impoverished people in the developing world.

Members of the public can also drop off specs at the Westlyn Hotel, who are collecting glasses on behalf of Specsavers. 

Store director, Roger Walker, said: ‘We urge people to drop off their unwanted and unused specs to donation bins either at the store or the Westlyn Hotel as we’re still collecting until the bins are full! 

‘We often take eyecare for granted in this country but for those who don’t have it readily available; the money made really can make a difference.’ 

VAO is a UK-registered charity dedicated to helping people in poverty-stricken countries whose lives are blighted by bad eyesight, particularly in those cases where specs can help. 

Thanks to previous fundraising efforts by Specsavers stores throughout the UK and Ireland, Vision Aid Overseas is in the process of developing a dedicated eyecare clinic and teaching facility in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. The new clinic will train students to test eyes and deliver eyecare to treat the local population, many of whom suffer from life-limiting but treatable sight conditions. Specsavers stores have collectively raised more than £300,000 towards this project so far and hope to supersede that amount this year to fund ongoing running costs of the facilities.

Since its inception, Vision Aid Overseas has helped more than one million people through the provision of affordable eye care services.

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