A local opticians will donate over 5,500 pairs of unwanted or old glasses donated by local residents, to help save the sight of people in developing countries.
In store drive
Specsavers Luton, located at 36 George Steet held a special in store drive in partnership with Vision Aid Overseas. The donated glasses will be recycled and the proceeds made from selling the reusable material will be used to support the charity’s work in developing countries.
Thank you to local residents
Store director, David Brett-Williams, says: ‘Eyecare is something that we take for granted in the UK because there is an opticians on almost every high street. Unfortunately in many developing countries this is not the case and poor vision can have a serious effect on the people who live there. Children miss out on valuable education, parents cannot work to support families and some grandparents have never seen their grandchildren.’ David continues: ‘We have had an unbelievable response to our drive for donations and we would like to thank all the local residents who have supported us. It did take a while to count them all!’
The work of VAO
Vision Aid Overseas uses the proceeds from selling the reusable materials towards establishing vision centres, training healthcare workers and utilising the expertise of volunteers to give people desperately-needed eye examinations and treatment.