Residents from Kingston Upon Thames have made a massive difference to an eye health charity and the team at Specsavers in Kingston Upon Thames want to say a big thank you.
Over 7,000 pairs donated!
In the store is a collection point for old, unwanted glasses. Nearly 7,000 pairs have been donated by locals in 2016 to support a fantastic international charity called Vision Aid Overseas that works tirelessly to fight poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries. Store director Guy Loveday says: ‘Those unwanted frames gathering dust in a drawer somewhere can make a real impact when donated and then recycled by Vision Aid Overseas.
What the charity does
Vision Aid Overseas raises vital income to support their activities overseas by recycling old, donated frames in an environmentally-friendly way. This includes giving people those all-important eye tests and treatment by training up local optometrists. The role they play is vital in reaching nearly 640 million people (10% of the world's population) who are believed to be disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of spectacles.
Thank you to everyone for helping this cause
Guy says: ‘We all know how precious our vision is and in the UK, we are lucky to have access to professionals who can assist with any eye health conditions. This is not the case in developing countries where poverty prevents children to the elderly getting access to eye care In fact, 90% of people who are visually impaired because they cannot get the glasses they need live in low and middle income countries. ‘Collectively, our community has raised this incredible amount – nearly 7,000 pairs in 2016 – and we wanted to say thank you and ask that the donations keep coming so we can beat this figure in 2017.’