Specsavers in Norris Green have celebrated a fantastic seven months of collecting customer’s old and unwanted glasses. Specsavers on Broadway has collected almost 200 pairs which will be recycled by Vision Aid Overseas (VAO). 

Specsavers support VAO by urging customers to call into store and drop off their unwanted, spare frames into special collection bins. Glasses donated at in-store collection points are recycled and the money raised goes towards the charity that supports people suffering from poor eyesight in the developing world.

A word from the store director

Paul Stanway, store director at Norris Green Specsavers, said: ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers for their generous donations so far. It couldn’t be easier to support this worthy cause, simply call into the store and add your unwanted frames to our collection bins.’

The international charity, Vision Aid Overseas, is dedicated to helping people in developing countries whose lives are blighted by poor eyesight. In total, the charity estimates that some 670 million people – 10 per cent of the world’s population – are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of glasses. 

Unlike in Britain where Specsavers offers professional eye care on the high street, the majority of people in poorer nations are without access to optical care or simply cannot afford it.

Important work
 
Vision Aid Overseas is an international charity which opens vision centres and makes sure they operate effectively. It frequently sends over volunteers to service equipment and train personnel and currently supports 11 centres in six partner countries: Ethiopia, India, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia. 

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