The Cardigan team has supported an international eyecare charity by collecting 250 used glasses from generous customers.

Improving access to eyecare services

Staff at the High Street store encouraged customers to give their old frames to Vision Aid Overseas (VAO), a charity that recycles the glasses in order to raise funds to support the creation and running of vision centres in isolated areas of Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Zambia.

The money raised also helps support training programmes to train local eyecare workers.

‘We hope that the donation will go a huge way to supporting VAO’s important work,’ says Heledd Hallet, store director.

‘For many people, eyecare services are not as easily available as they are in the UK, but thanks to the work of the charity this is changing.’

More than a quarter of a million glasses have been collected for VAO by Specsavers over the last 15 years, helping raise more than £800,000. According to the charity, almost 48,000 eye tests have been carried out at its vision centres over the last 12 months alone.

Generous community

Heledd continues: ‘VAO’s work means that people, young and old, can improve their eyesight and, as a result, their quality of life. As well as this, it’s helping create jobs and recruiting people that might not have been able to make a living beforehand.

‘Without the help of the generous Cardigan public this donation would not have been possible, so we would like to thank our customers for their support.’

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