Specsavers in Monmouth is calling on members of the Monmouthshire community to bring their unwanted glasses into store to donate to the international charity, Vision Aid Overseas.

Donations needed

The store is asking anyone who has an old pair of glasses to donate them to its appeal as it aims to collect 2016 frames to give to the charity this year.

The donated frames will be recycled and the money raised will be used to support Vision Aid Overseas’ programmes.

Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas operates in Africa to transform access to eyecare services. The charity is part of the Vision 2020 initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. Since 2003, Specsavers stores have collected and recycled more than a quarter of a million glasses for the charity, and raised more than £800,000.

Supporting the cause

Peter Render, director at Specsavers in Monmouth, said: ‘Specsavers has a long and established relationship with Vision Aid Overseas, and in Monmouth we’re keen to do our bit and contribute to the partnership.

‘It’s easy for us to take optical care for granted given the availability of high-quality services that we have access to in our communities, but unfortunately this is not the case for everyone. Vision Aid Overseas aims to support those who do not have access to basic eyecare services by setting up programmes in some of Africa’s poorest nations.

‘Therefore, we are urging our local community to get behind our campaign of collecting and donating 2016 frames. What might seem like an old pair of frames can actually help make a big difference to those less fortunate than us.’

To donate unwanted frames, visit the Specsavers store located on Monnow Street, Monmouth.

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