Buxton’s Specsavers has teamed up with Blythe House Hospice to provide 100 pairs of Nickelodeon kids prescription glasses to children in Zambia, as part of an initiative with The U Foundation– along with 400 pairs of glasses donated by the store’s customers.
Empty frames were brought back to life
Blythe House Hospice donated the empty frames to Specsavers Buxton where the team brought them back to life with single vision lenses. The glasses will soon be taken to Zambia by The U Foundation, a charity which provides care to those in developing countries, particularly rural African communities.
Customers donate unwanted specs
The store asks for donations of customers’ unwanted spectacles all year round, and have had 400 donations since the start of June – which together with Blythe House Hospice’s donation, makes a total of 500 pairs donated to The U Foundation.
The U Foundation is supported by individuals, organisations, schools and companies in the UK and overseas and aims to assist those in need of a helping hand to create a better life for themselves.
Specsavers Buxton store director, Tom Rhodes, said: 'We’re really pleased to be able to support The U Foundation and are grateful for all the donations, both from our loyal customers and from the Blythe House Hospice. We know they will be a huge help to communities where eye care isn’t easily accessed and the kids frames will be a nice gift to the children in the community.'
Fundraising & Communications Manager at Blythe House Hospice, Lucy Marsden, said: 'We’re really proud to support Buxton Specsavers and The U Foundation with its commitment to helping countries in poverty, and we hope the fun frames put a smile on the children’s faces.'