Specsavers in Gravesend has collected 2,500 glasses for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).

Donating old and unused glasses

Specsavers, located at 19-20 Thamesgate Shopping Centre, has been asking people to donate their old and unused glasses to the charity, which provides eyecare services for people in Zambia.

Store director Blair Hunter says: ‘We’re so grateful for the generosity of Gravesend residents, as we’ve raised this total so far this year.

Providing opportunities

‘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.’ 

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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