After half a year of collecting, the Specsavers in Sainsbury’s Hardwick has donated 800 pairs of old and unwanted glasses from the local community to a charity helping those less fortunate in the developing world.

Looking out for those overseas

Customers and residents have been handing in their old specs to the store and, thanks to the abundance of donations, they have now been sent to international sight charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) to benefit those in need across Africa.

The charity provides eye care in three key ways: 
•    Mobilising professional volunteers to use their expertise in eye care
•    Building the capability of local and national institutions through training, education and developing infrastructure for the supply of affordable glasses
•    Providing additional capacity to local agencies in the delivery of eye care directly to patients

A word from the director       

Store director, Mark Willis, comments: ‘Collections like these showcase the generosity of the local community. There’s so many simple ways that you can help others and the VAO scheme highlights this. Something as simple as dropping your old specs in our collection bucket can really make a difference to someone’s quality of life – it’s as simple as that. 

‘We’re hoping to collect 1500 pairs by the end of the year, so if you have any old or unwanted specs just come down to the store and drop them in. A small donation can make a big difference.’ 

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