Pupils from West Huntspill Primary School have been helping Specsavers in Burnham-on-Sea collect unwanted glasses for the charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO). 

Spec-tacular effort

The store acts as a drop off point for the specs and has collected thousands of pairs for VAO over the years. The school wanted to help so asked pupils to bring in any unwanted pairs to help with the effort.

‘We’re really grateful to West Huntspill for their support,’ said store director Rama Venkat. ‘It’s great to get the local community involved in the effort as all the money that’s raised from recycling the specs goes towards helping to fund eyecare in the developing world.  The more pairs of specs that we collect, the more money we can raise.’

Jumped at the chance

West Huntspill head teacher James Peake commented: ‘We’re so pleased to be able to join Specsavers and support Vision Aid Overseas. We have been involved with the store before, when staff donated 100 high-visibility vests to our pupils, so when the children heard that there was an opportunity to repay their kindness, they jumped at the chance to get involved.’ 

Vision Aid Overseas is dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eyecare 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. For more information visit www.visionaidoverseas.org.

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