Kind-hearted customers at Specsavers in Milngavie have helped staff collect hundreds of pairs of glasses for a worthy cause so far this year – and it’s hoped the total will break the 1,000 barrier by the end of 2014.

Staff at the store estimate that more than 500 pairs of unwanted glasses have been placed in the store’s Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) special collection bin by customers since the start of 2014.

And as customers continue to make generous donations, the store is well on course to exceed 1,000 pairs by the end of the year.

The VAO bin is emptied at intervals throughout the year, and staff package up the glasses and send them on to the charity.

Volunteer expertise
VAO uses the proceeds from selling the reusable materials in the glasses to establish vision centres, train healthcare workers and utilise the expertise of volunteers to give people desperately-needed eye examinations and treatment.

VAO, which was launched in 1985, helps the millions of people in the world who suffer from poor sight and blindness because they do not have access to proper eyecare.

Improving sight
It aims to help improve the sight of people in poverty stricken countries by providing them with glasses and basic eyecare through unpaid, qualified volunteers.

Store director Caroline Kinsey said: ‘To have collected well over 500 pairs of unwanted frames since the start of 2014 is a fantastic achievement. It just shows that the people of Milngavie want to help improve the sight of people all over the world.

‘To go beyond the 1,000 mark this year would be great – for the store and for Vision Aid Overseas.

‘We would like to thank everyone who has donated glasses and hope that people continue to think about Vision Aid Overseas as a home for their old specs, every time they get a new pair of glasses.’

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