Specsavers Dorking has collected over 850 pairs of glasses for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).

Helping to provide eyecare to people in Zambia

Staff at the store have been asking people to donate their old and unused glasses to the charity, which provides eyecare services for people in Zambia.

Store director Yehia Al-Omari said: ‘We’re so grateful for the generosity of Dorking residents. ‘We have already collected 850 pairs this year and we’re keen to keep up this drive by encouraging more people to donate. It’s important that we provide opportunities for those who don’t have access to good quality eyecare services.’

Vision 2020 initiative

VAO works in Africa to transform access to eyecare services and is part of the Vision 2020 initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. 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.

This money has helped a number of projects including solely funding an eyecare clinic in the Zambian capital Lusaka, which was officially opened by Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins.

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