Specsavers' Camborne opticians is hosting a collection drive for old and unused glasses in aid of Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) throughout June. Old specs Specsavers, is asking locals to search high and low for old pairs of specs, as staff aim to collect a record number of glasses for the UK-based charity.
Specsavers Camborne store director Alan Honeybone says: ‘We have a donation bin taking pride of place in store and our goal is to reach over 500 pairs of glasses by July. We have invited local business owners, sportsmen, community groups and council members to come down and donate their old specs too.
‘At the end of the day the collected specs are boxed and donated to VAO for recycling. The charity uses the money it makes from selling the reusable materials to fund its work in developing countries.
Victoria Cox, of VAO added: ‘We look forward to seeing how many pairs of glasses the people of Camborne can donate. It’s such a worthwhile cause as this is not only preventing specs from ending up in landfills but also raising vital funds for our overseas programmes’.
Since 2003 Specsavers stores have collected and recycled more than a quarter of a million glasses for the charity, and have raised over £550,000, funding an eyecare clinic in the Zambian capital Lusaka.