Local people were encouraged to donate their unwanted specs at Party in the Park. Specsavers Melksham attended the event which was held on the King George V playing fields and asked people to donate any unwanted pairs of glasses to Vision Aid Overseas (VAO). They also held a raffle to raise funds for the charity.
‘This was the second year we’d attended the Party in the Park and it was a great family day out,’ said store director Martyn Thomas. ‘As well as having a presence at the event, we wanted to use the opportunity to help VAO so thank you to everyone that came along and supported us.’
Vision Aid Overseas is an international charity dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries. 670 million people - 10% of the world's population - are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of spectacles.
Specsavers has donated over £800,000 to VAO’s programme in Zambia, allowing the charity to open nine vision centres across the country. VAO has also opened a dedicated eyecare clinic and teaching facility in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. The charity is now working to ensure the clinics are sustainable by supporting the training and development of eyecare professionals.