A North Finchley opticians is donating 150 pairs of specs to impoverished people in developing countries.

The team from Specsavers in North Finchley collected the three-figure sum of unwanted glasses from customers over the last two months. The haul will now be handed over to eyecare charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO), which recycles glasses and uses the funds generated to help build vision centres, train local eyecare workers and deliver eyecare services to remote and isolated communities in five African nations.

A word from the store director

Neha Shah, director at Specsavers North Finchley, said: ‘I am overwhelmed by the support from the local community who have contributed to our VAO collection.

‘We encourage our customers to drop their old specs into our donations box in store, rather than having them gathering dust at home. ‘Over the last two months we’ve amassed quite a collection which, when recycled, will make a real difference in the lives of people who don’t yet have access to basic eyecare services.’

Find out more about the charity at www.visionaidoverseas.org.

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