Specsavers in Dumbarton has teamed up with pupils at Gartocharn Primary School to encourage people to donate their old, unwanted glasses to Vision Aid Overseas.

Valuable donations

The store in High Street collected more than 2,000 pairs of glasses for Vision Aid Overseas (a cause which aims to improve the eye health of people in the developing world) in 2015 - and staff were delighted to hear that pupils at the school had also been focusing on the cause.

Youngsters appealed to fellow pupils, parents and teachers to bring in old frames and collected a total of 52 pairs.

Optical assistant Sarah Mackintosh and assistant manager Joleen Fuller from the store popped in to see pupils and to thank them for the kind donation. Customers can get involved in the appeal by dropping old frames into the collection box in Specsavers Dumbarton, which will then be sent to the charity.

Trash to treasure

Robin Mitchell, store director at Specsavers in Dumbarton, said: ‘We would like to say a big thank you to the youngsters and to everyone who donated. It’s such a caring gesture and we’re very proud to be linking up with the pupils.

‘There must be thousands of spare specs lying around that are no longer of use to their owners. It would be fantastic if we could top the 2,000 mark this year and collect even more specs for this great cause.

‘We are used to having easy access to excellent eyecare on our high streets but most people in Zambia find it very difficult to access even the most basic facilities. It’s important that we do what we can to improve eyecare and eye health in the developing world.’

The unwanted glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in developing countries. This includes giving people much-needed eye tests and treatment, and training local optometrists.

Eyecare in Zambia 

With the help of Specsavers, the international charity is committed to providing eyecare for people living in Zambia. Previously, there had been very limited provision for the one in four Zambians who desperately require it, with just a handful of qualified optometrists serving the 15million population.

Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade and is continuing to do so. In this time, the opticians has raised more than £800,000 and has collected in excess of 250,000 pairs of glasses.

The money has been put to good use by funding the construction of a school for optometry in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, and nine vision centres across the country.

For more information about Vision Aid Overseas, visit www.vao.org.uk

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