Specsavers in Northampton is helping some of Africa’s poorest communities to see clearly this Easter thanks to the generosity of local customers.   

The team has donated almost 2,000 specs to international sight charity Vision Aid Overseas, which provides eyecare in five countries across Africa. 

Charitable response

Store director Marinos Constantinides said: ‘We’re overwhelmed by the charitable response from our local community. In March alone, we received more than 800 specs for Vision Aid Overseas, which will be recycled to generate income to support the charity’s overseas programmes.

'It’s easy to forget about an old pair of glasses left in a drawer, but if they are no longer of use to their owners, donating them to Vision Aid Overseas can make a big difference.’

The store has been collecting glasses and raising awareness for the charity for more than ten years years and is encouraging Northampton residents to continue to donate their old and unwanted specs.

Encouraging donations

‘We have easy access to affordable eyecare in this country, so it is easy to take our sight and these services for granted,’ Marinos continued.

‘In countries such as Ghana, Ethiopia or Zambia, poor eyesight can have a devastating impact on quality of life and livelihood. We want to encourage the wider community to think of others this Easter and continue to donate their old and unwanted specs!’

Vision Aid Overseas is a UK-based organisation that provides eye tests and glasses to those who need them. Founded in 1985, the charity aims to help those living in poverty who have little or no access to eyecare. 

To find out more about Vision Aid Overseas, please visit www.visionaidoverseas.org.

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