The Broughton team has thanked customers for donating more than 5,000 of their old, unused glasses since it opened in 2015, as part of a charity campaign to help people in Africa to see more clearly.

Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) has been helping some of the poorest people in the world to see properly for more than 30 years. The charity’s mission is to enable people living in poverty to access affordable glasses and eye care.

All the collected glasses are recycled and the money made is used to help provide optical services in developing countries.

A massive success

Working with Vision Aid Overseas, staff and customers at Specsavers Broughton have shown their generosity by bringing a record-number of old glasses to the store for donation over the past year.

Store director, Kelly Gibson, said: ‘The campaign this year has been a massive success thanks to our very kind and generous customers bringing in their old glasses. Every single one will make a difference.’

African adventure for Abby

In 2017, Abby Peters, an optometrist at the Broughton store, travelled to Zambia with three other optical professionals on a Vision Aid Overseas outreach trip, providing eye care to local people who usually wouldn’t have access to quality eye health facilities.

The team travelled across the country for 16 days, setting up makeshift eye care clinics, allowing people from this underprivileged part of Africa to visit Abby, who would perform eye tests and help provide glasses for anyone who needed them.

In serious cases, Abby and the crew could also provide referrals if needed, directing them to the nearest hospital following a consultation.

‘In a country where opticians’ services are readily available, such as the UK, it is easy to take our vision for granted. In poorer parts of the world where people don’t have access to eye care services, these donations and the work that Vision Aid Overseas does can make a significant impact on people’s lives.’

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