Generous Newport customers have donated thousands of spare frames to Specsavers to raise money for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).

Supporting charity programmes

During the past 12 months, the Austin Friars store has donated more than 3,500 frames to the charity, which recycles the frames for their precious metal content and uses the money to support its programmes.

These programmes include building vision centres that offer free walk-in eye examinations and the chance for people to purchase affordable glasses, training local eye care workers and delivering eye care to isolated communities. The charity operates across remote areas of countries such as Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Zambia.

Store director, Craig MacKenzie, said: ‘The simple act of donating a pair of old, unused frames can go a long way to ensuring disadvantaged people across the world can receive the high standard of eye care we would expect in the UK.

‘Vision Aid Overseas estimates 640 million adults and children are unable to earn or learn because they can’t see . Often, glasses can make a huge difference to their quality of life.’

‘Generosity of our customers’

Since 2003, Specsavers has collected and recycled more than a quarter of a million glasses for VAO, raising more than £800,000 for its work worldwide. According to the charity, almost 29,000 pairs of glasses have been prescribed as a result of collections in the last year alone.

‘It is fantastic to see how much has been raised for VAO by Specsavers during the last 15 years,’ adds Mr MacKenzie.

‘Thanks to the generosity of our customers, our store has been able to boost this figure and highlight this important cause.’

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