Specsavers Bridgwater called upon the community to donate their old specs to eyecare charity Vision Aid Overseas during National Eye Health Week.
Bring your old specs in store
From 21 to 27 September, Specsavers, located on the high street, encouraged residents to root around their drawers at home for old glasses and bring them to the store, so they could be used to help provide eyecare services to people in Africa.
Specsavers Bridgwater store director Andrew Cullerne said: ‘There are many people in developing countries who don’t have easy access to high quality eyecare, so it’s essential that we continue to support charities like Vision Aid Overseas who can help change lives with their work.
We highlighted the importance of eyecare charities during National Eye Health Week, as a lot of people in the UK take their sight for granted. We're still collecting and would like to invite everyone to think twice before throwing out old specs – come in store instead to help make a difference.’
The collected glasses are recycled and the charity will use the proceeds from selling the reusable materials to establish vision centres, train healthcare workers and give people eye examinations and treatment.
Vision Aid Overseas celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eyecare in developing countries. The charity works in six African countries to help combat the fact that 670 million people are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of glasses.