Specsavers opticians in Idle are urging people to dig out their old, unwanted glasses so they can be used to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world. Since January, Idle Specsavers have collected over 15,000 pairs of old frames from local customers.
Help make a difference
The team collect spare and unused frames at the store on Five Lane Ends and donate them to Vision Aid Overseas. To reach their goal, any member of the community can do their bit by simply dropping their old glasses in a special collection bin inside the Idle store. In return, the store will give customers a £20 voucher for one pair of glasses from the £69 range and above.
The glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in developing countries. This includes giving people those all-important eye tests and treatment by training up local optometrists.
‘Professional eye care is available to the whole of Britain. So why should we let others in poorer countries suffer? said store director Bhrat Phakey.
‘I can’t stress enough the importance of recycling your old glasses; it’s for a good cause and can result in improving eye health for everyone in Zambia and elsewhere.’
Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade and is continuing to do so.