Specsavers in Northampton has collected more than 5,000 pairs of old specs from the local community in aid of international charity, Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).

A community effort

The team at Specsavers on Abington Street have been busy collecting a huge number of specs throughout the year, encouraging customers to donate their old and unwanted glasses in store.

‘We’re so proud to be able to donate 5,552 pairs of glasses to VAO, it’s been a real community effort,’ explained assistant store manager Kerrie Calcutt.'

Supporting developing countries

‘It’s an initiative that we have supported for several years now,' continued Kerrie. 'The work that VAO does is so important for those in developing countries who are affected by poor vision and this is a small way in which we can help. The donated specs are recycled to generate income to support overseas programmes.

‘The team were thrilled when they counted up the total amount, and we’re hoping for even more in the lead up to Christmas so we’d like to encourage anyone with old specs lying around to hand them in to a member of staff in store.’

Vision Aid Overseas is a UK based organisation that works in several African countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia. The charity, founded in 1985, provides eye tests and glasses to those who need them, and aims to help those living in poverty who have little or no access to eyecare. 

To donate your unwanted specs or for more information, visit Specsavers at 50-52 Abington Street, Northampton, NN1 2AP.

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