A New Malden opticians has donated more than 700 pairs of glasses to support eyecare services in developing nations.

The team from Specsavers in New Malden presented the collection to the Al Mustafa Welfare Trust for use in its Eye Restoration Programme, which aims to address the main causes of avoidable blindness in the developing world. 

Dr Ahmed Zimar Sivardeen, store director of Specsavers in New Malden and Chairman of the British Sri Lankan Association, presented the specs at the charity’s Hounslow base.

A word from the store

Ahmed said: ‘We regularly collect used and unwanted glasses from our customers in Specsavers in New Malden, and have selected the Al Mustafa Welfare Trust as the recipient for our recent charitable donation.

‘Rather than gathering dust in cupboards across the borough, reusable parts from these specs will now be salvaged and will help make a difference to people’s lives in some of the poorest countries in the world. Thank you to all who donated for your generosity.’

A word from the charity

The Al Mustafa Welfare Trust is a UK-based charity which aims to alleviate poverty and provide assistance to people living in poverty around the world.

The specs collection will start up again in Specsavers in New Malden in September, this time in aid of global sight charity, Vision Aid Overseas.

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