Specsavers in Hove has collected over 250 pairs of glasses for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) in the last month.
Old and unused glasses
The store has been asking its customers to donate their old and unused glasses to the charity, which provides eyecare services for people in Zambia.
Since the start of the year the store has collected over 1000 pairs of specs.
Store director Charles Forshaw says: ‘We would like to thank our loyal customers for donating such a large amount of glasses.
‘We’re keen to keep up this drive by encouraging more people to donate. It’s important that we continue to provide opportunities for those who don’t have access to good quality eyecare services.’
Vision Aid Overseas
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.