Specsavers in Okehampton has collected almost 1,000 glasses in just three months for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).

Donating old and unused glasses to Zambia

Specsavers, located at 17 Fore Street, has been asking people to donate their old and unused glasses to the charity, which provides eyecare services for people in Zambia.

Store director Kath Dandy says: ‘We’re so grateful for the generosity of Okehampton residents. We collected a total of 966 pairs of glasses.

Hitting the 1,000 mark

‘We’re keen to hit the 1,000 mark and keep up this drive by encouraging more people to donate. It’s important that we provide opportunities for those who don’t have access to good quality eyecare services.’

VAO works in Africa to transform access to eyecare services and is part of the Vision 2020 initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. Since 2003 Specsavers stores have collected and recycled more than a quarter of a million glasses for the charity, and have raised over £550,000. This money has helped a number of projects including solely funding an eyecare clinic in the Zambian capital Lusaka, which was officially opened by Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins.

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