Specsavers in Crosby generously received a donation of 3,500 unneeded glasses, throughout 2017, as part of Specsavers charity campaign to provide people in Africa the opportunity to see better.
For over 30 years, Vision Aid Overseas has helped some of the world’s poorest people have the means to enable them to see clearer. VAO’s mission is to provide affordable eye care and glasses to those living in poverty.
The glasses are recycled after they’ve been donated and the money that is made from doing so all goes towards funding optician services in developing countries.
Working with Vision Aid Overseas, customers and staff have been so generous, they provided a record breaking amount of donations.
Chris McLoughlin, store director at Crosby, says: ‘The campaign in 2017 has been as massive success and this is all down to our customers and their kindness to donate their old glasses.
‘We’re lucky here in the UK to have optical services so easily available to us, but other countries aren’t as fortunate. It’s so important that we help and donate as much as we can as these donations and Vision Aid Overseas can really make a great difference.’
Specsavers has been working with VAO as their international eye care charity since 2008. The charity has raised over £600,000 for Zambian eye care including an optometry technologists training course, 10 staffed vision centres and a national eye care outreach programme.