Thanks to donations from the community, Specsavers in Oakwood has collected thousands of pairs of specs over the years which will help provide eye care in the developing world.

The team collects specs on behalf of Vision Aid Overseas (VAO). Eyewear donated will be recycled, and the money used to support the charity’s work, providing vital eye care to people in deprived areas of Africa.

Appeal for specs
‘We’re really thankful to everyone who has donated old specs to this appeal,’ says store director, Pratish Bhundia. ‘The money generated from recycling the materials really makes a huge difference to people suffering from sight problems in Africa. We’re still appealing for more old specs, so if you find an old pair that you no longer need, please do drop them off in store.

‘Eye care is something we take for granted in this country, but for many people all over the world, it’s simply something that isn’t available. We’re keen to do whatever we can to help, and collecting unwanted specs is a great way to show our support.’

Charity focus
VAO is dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries and raises money by selling the materials recycled from old glasses. The process is environmentally friendly and enables the charity to fund its overseas projects.

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