The New Year is off to a charitable start at Specsavers Brownhills thanks to the generosity of the local community.

Donations of unwanted specs, collected for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO), have been coming in thick and fast, already reaching the 150 mark. The donated specs will be recycled by VAO and the money used to support the charity’s ongoing work to provide eye care to people in deprived areas of Africa. 

A word from the store director

‘We’re extremely grateful to those who have already dropped off specs into the store, it’s been a great way to start 2019,’ said store director, Justine Page. ‘We’re keen to keep the momentum going though. If you’ve been a specs wearer for any length of time, you’ll probably have at least one pair of unwanted frames you can donate so we’d like to encourage people to have a look through any drawers to see if they can dig any out.

‘Access to eye care is something we take for granted in this country but for people either living in poverty or rural parts of Africa, it’s not something that’s so readily available. If we can do something to help alleviate this problem and improve access to services, then more people will be able to get much-needed help.’

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. 

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