The team as Specavers in Fleet is hosting a collection drive for old and unused glasses in aid of Vision Aid Overseas (VAO), as staff aim to collect a record number of glasses for the UK-based charity.

Store director Amish Patel said: ‘We have a donation bin taking pride of place in store and our goal is to reach over 450 pairs of glasses. We have invited local business owners, sportsmen, community groups and council members to come down and donate their old specs too.

The collected specs are boxed and donated to VAO for its international spectacle recycling scheme. All of the donated frames are recycled and then dispensed by teams of volunteers in Africa.’

Overseas programme

Victoria Cox, international programme officer for VAO says: ‘We look forward to seeing how many pairs of glasses the people of Fleet 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’.

Vision 2020

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 founders.

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