Staff from Specsavers in Lichfield are appealing to locals to drop off their old and unwanted specs as part of ongoing support for international eyecare charity, Vision Aid Overseas.

Raising awareness

The team has been supporting the charity for five years, acting as a drop off point for glasses and raising awareness.

Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas works in numerous African countries, including Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Zambia. The charity provides sight tests and glasses to help those living in poverty who have little or no access to eyecare.

Store director Praful Patel commented: ‘In this country, we can take our vision for granted because of how easy it is to get access to affordable eyecare; all you need to do is go to your local opticians. But for people in so many countries, services like these are completely out of reach. 

‘One in ten people in Africa can’t see properly to learn simply because they need glasses – that is what Vision Aid Overseas is working to change.’

Making a difference

All donated glasses are recycled and the income generated is used to support the charity’s overseas programmes. 

‘The work that this charity does is so valuable and makes a huge difference in people’s lives,’ Praful added. ‘We collected around 300 pairs of glasses a month last year, so this year we’d like to encourage even more people to show their support for Vision Aid Overseas.’ 

To find out more Vision Aid Overseas please visit

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