Bury St Edmunds Specsavers has collected more than 3,500 pairs of used and unwanted glasses from the community to help improve access to eyecare services in developing nations.
The team has encouraged local residents to donate to the scheme in aid of international sight charity Vision Aid Overseas. The store is looking to reach a total of 6,000 specs by the end of the year and is urging residents to continue donating.
Marc Mitchell, store director says: ‘We’re amazed at the generous contributions from local residents this year. It’s wonderful that the sale of the reusable materials from these glasses will help create a positive effect on the lives of people less fortunate.’
Vision Aid Overseas works in six African nations to establish vision centres, train healthcare workers and utilise the expertise of volunteers to give people desperately-needed eye examinations and treatment.
Marc adds: ‘We’re going to continue the collection as it’s been so successful and there are so still many more people that may still have an old or unwanted pair of specs at home. All donations are welcome so why not have a spring clean and bring your glasses in store for a worthy cause?’