The people of Zambia benefitted from a whopping donation of 2,400 pairs of glasses from the community of Leighton Buzzard last year.
Vision Aid Overseas
Specsavers Opticians in Leighton Buzzard has been collecting customers’ used and unwanted glasses on behalf of global sight charity, Vision Aid Overseas. With the help of Leighton Buzzard residents and Specsavers, Vision Aid Overseas is fighting poverty and helping to improve the quality of life of those disadvantaged by poor vision.
All the collected glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in developing countries. This includes giving people badly-needed eye tests and treatment, and training up local optometrists.
Donate old specs
Ekta Kotecha, store direction of Specsavers Leighton Buzzard, says: ‘As eyesight is something that naturally deteriorates people often discover that they cannot use their glasses anymore. We encourage all of our customers purchasing new glasses to donate their old pair so they can benefit people in countries where quality eyecare is not as readily available.’
A group effort
As well as collecting glasses, Specsavers stores nationwide have raised over £300,000 to improve eyecare in Zambia. This has funded the construction of vision centres and training facilities for optometrists and eyecare specialists, in Kabawe, Mansa and Lusaka.