Specsavers Bradford is urging people to dig out their old, unwanted glasses so they can be used to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world. This follows a record breaking campaign in 2015, when residents of Bradford donated 12,600 old frames.
Local community taking part
Stores that collected the 12,600 frames were Bradford Darley Street, Girlington, Shipley and Idle; they were then donated to Vision Aid Overseas. Local people can do their bit to further the partnership’s goal simply by calling into a local Specsavers store and dropping their old glasses in a special collection bin.
The glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in developing countries. This includes giving people those all-important eye tests and treatment by training up local optometrists.
A word from the Store Director
Pete Rookes, store director at Bradford Darley Street Specsavers, comments: ‘Professional eye care is available to the whole of Britain. So why should we let others in poorer countries suffer? I can’t stress enough the importance of recycling your old glasses; it’s for a good cause and can result in improving eye health for everyone in Zambia.’
Working with Vision Aid Overseas
Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade and is continuing to do so. In this time, the opticians have raised more than £800,000 and have collected an excess of 250,000 pairs of glasses.
For more information about Vision Aid Overseas, visit www.vao.org.uk.