Specsavers opticians in Bromsgrove has reached a milestone in its appeal for donations of unwanted specs to help optical charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).
The team on the High Street has been busy collecting old and unwanted specs from members of the local community. Since beginning the appeal last year, they have donated more than 2,000 pairs to VAO.
The donated specs will be recycled by VAO and the money used to support the charity’s work providing eye care to people in deprived areas of Africa.
‘We’re delighted to have collected such a huge amount of specs and we’d like to thank the community for getting behind the appeal,’ said Bromsgrove store director, Mark Gibson. ‘VAO carries out important work to help support those who don’t have access to the range of healthcare services that we do in this country.
‘There’s still a way to go, so we’re also encouraging locals to continue to support us in our collections and drop their old specs that might be lying about the house into store.’
VAO is dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries and raises money by selling the materials recycled from old glasses. The process is environmentally friendly and enables the charity to fund its overseas projects.