Staff at Bridgend Specsavers have collected more than 1,000 pairs of glasses for an eyecare charity that supports people living in Africa’s poorest nations.

Charity supports children and adults in Africa

Specsavers has donated the frames to Vision Aid Overseas (VAO), a charity that has supported children and adults in Africa for more than 30 years by making eyecare accessible.

‘VAO is a charity that we are so proud to support,’ says store director, Ann Simpkin. ‘It’s easy to take for granted the eyecare services that are readily available to us, and that’s why we are passionate about collecting unwanted glasses so that we can do our bit for those who are not as fortunate as us.

‘The glasses are recycled for their metal content which generates income for the charity to support its invaluable work in building vision centres, training eyecare workers and delivering services in remote communities.

1,000 frames donated

‘The support we receive from our customers for VAO is fantastic, as this last donation of more than 1,000 frames shows.’

The charity is part of the Vision 2020 initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. Since 2003, Specsavers has collected and recycled more than a quarter of a million glasses for VOA and raised more than £800,000.

To donate your unwanted glasses, visit Specsavers on Adare Street.

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