Specsavers is a proud supporter of eyecare charity Vision Aid Overseas and the team in Lerwick is encouraging the local community to help continue to support the worthwhile cause.
Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) provides eyecare and glasses for people in developing countries, who otherwise would not have access to optical care.
The charity raises money by collecting old glasses for recycling. Specsavers Lerwick is able to make huge donations of specs to VAO every year, thanks to the generosity of local residents. Last year alone, the Shetland opticians donated more than 1,000 pairs.
Collecting all year round
Thomas Bruin, director of Specsavers in Lerwick, said: ‘The support we have received for VAO from locals has been brilliant over the years and we would love for that to continue.
‘We collect glasses in store all year round meaning that whether you’ve postponed your New Year clear out or are thinking ahead to a spring clean, if you come across any old and unwanted frames you can recycle them with us.’
Specsavers and Vision Aid Overseas have a joint commitment to provide eyecare for people living in Zambia. As part of its ongoing fundraising for the charity, Specsavers has to date channelled more than £800,000 into the Zambian partnership.