The Newport team has thanked a shared services company for collecting more than 1,000 used glasses for an African charity appeal.

Helping develop eye health centres Shared Services Connected Limited’s (SSCL) Newport office staff contacted Specsavers Austin Friars after learning about how the opticians has supported the charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) for the last 15 years. Team members from Specsavers visited SSCL at Celtic Springs Business Park to collect the assortment of glasses.

Donated frames

The frames have been donated to VAO, where they will be recycled and funds used to develop eye health centres in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Zambia, as well as train new staff in these areas.

‘Generous support’

Clare Baker, team leader at Specsavers Newport, was one of the staff members who collected the frames and thanked SSCL for its donation: ‘We’re incredibly grateful for SSCL’s generous support, adding to the already astonishing number of frames we have given to VAO this year.

‘The charity relies heavily on donations from all corners of the globe in order to continue making the progress it has in these remote regions of Africa, offering a service that we often take for granted in the UK.

‘With businesses like SSCL and the always generous Newport public, I have every faith our store will be able to support VAO for years to come.’

Angela Ash, from SSCL, helped organise the collection. She adds: ‘Our SSCL team always look forward to supporting good causes, so we were really pleased to be able to support Specsavers and help improve eye care services for so many.’

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