The team at Northallerton Specsavers is urging residents to drop in their old unwanted glasses to donate to those living in Zambia where eyecare is not readily available.
They have so far collected around 1000 pairs of glasses since January and are looking to collect even more! For those who find that they have multiple pairs of glasses, they can drop spares into the store (120/120a High Street) in the dedicated collection bins. The opticians works in partnership with Vision Aid Overseas to help deliver eyecare in Zambia.
Ruth Sinclair, Store Director at Northallerton Specsavers says: ‘Everyone in the store is thrilled that we’ve managed to collect such an amazing number of glasses. Vision Aid Overseas is a brilliant charity and donating old glasses is a really easy and effective way to help them further their work. If you have any more lying around in drawers or at the back of the cupboards, please do bring them in.’
The frames are recycled by the charity and the money is used to support its work in developing countries. The aim is to improve eye health across the globe and Vision Aid Overseas estimates that 640 million people worldwide are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of glasses.
Specsavers has worked closely with the charity for the last decade and is continuing to do so. In this time, Specsavers has raised more than £300,000 and helped more than 13,000 patients in Zambia.
The money has been put to good use by funding many vision centres including the construction of the next vision centre in Kasama, which will serve the Northern Province and Mongu for the Western Province.