A West Thurrock opticians has collected over 500 pairs of used and unwanted glasses from the community to help improve access to eyecare services in developing nations.

The team from Specsavers in intu Lakeside Shopping Centre encouraged residents to donate to the scheme in aid of international sight charity Vision Aid Overseas, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2015.

A word from the store director

Jay Visrolia, store director of Specsavers in intu Lakeside Shopping Centre, said: ‘We’re overwhelmed by the response from the community. It’s wonderful that the sale of the reusable materials from these glasses will now go towards helping support those less fortunate.’ Vision Aid Overseas works in six African nations to establish vision centres, train healthcare workers and utilise the expertise of volunteers to give people desperately-needed eye examinations and treatment.

Jay added: ‘We’re going to carry on the collection as we know many more people may still have an old or unwanted pair of specs at home. Why not pop into store and put them to good use by donating them to Vision Aid Overseas?’

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