The Greenock opticians has received an overwhelming response to its Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) appeal which aims to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.

Following the publication of a Greenock Telegraph article encouraging old, unwanted glasses to be donated to Specsavers in Greenock, the store has received 2,000 specs in just one week.

Overwhelming response from locals

The haul is almost the equivalent to the number of glasses the store typically collects in six months, having donated 2,500 to the appeal since the start of the year.

Lesley Brown, store director at Specsavers in Greenock, said: ‘We are absolutely astounded at the fantastic response we’ve had since the article was published. We’d like to thank the Greenock Telegraph for its help to raise awareness of our appeal as well as all the local people who generously made donations.

‘It just goes to show that so many people often have old glasses that they no longer use. Donating them enables VAO to recycle the specs to raise money to help the charity deliver much needed eye tests and treatment in developing countries.

‘Greenock is a superb, generous community and it has been a delight to see so many people stop by the store to add to our collection.’

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