Specsavers Bridgwater has collected over 1,000 pairs of used and unwanted glasses from the community to help improve access to eyecare services in developing nations.

30 years for Vision Aid Overseas

The team from Specsavers, located on the high street, encouraged residents to donate to the scheme in aid of international sight charity Vision Aid Overseas, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Store directors of Specsavers Bridgwater, Andrew Cullerne says: ‘We’re overwhelmed by the response from the community. It’s wonderful that the sale of the reusable materials from these glasses will now go towards helping support those less fortunate.

‘Vision Aid Overseas works extremely hard to ensure people in Africa have access to the same high quality of eyecare services as we do, so it’s vital that they receive as much support as possible.’

Carrying on the collection

Vision Aid Overseas works in six African nations to establish vision centres, train healthcare workers and utilise the expertise of volunteers to give people desperately-needed eye examinations and treatment.

Andrew adds: ‘We’re going to carry on the collection as we know many more people may still have an old or unwanted pair of specs at home, so we’d like to encourage everyone to come and donate in store.’

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