The team at Specsavers Oldham has reached out to thank their customers for donating more than 12,000 pairs of their old, unused glasses this year, as part of a charity campaign to help people in Africa to see more clearly.

Helping the poorest in the world to see

Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) has been helping some of the poorest people in the world to see properly for more than 30 years. 

The charity’s mission is to enable people living in poverty to access affordable glasses and eyecare.

All the collected glasses are recycled and the money made is used to help provide optical services in developing countries.

Working with Vision Aid Overseas, staff and customers at Specsavers in Oldham have shown their generosity by bringing a record-number of old glasses to the store for donation over the past year.

Take sight for granted

Oldham store director, Rod Fullalove, said: ‘Vision Aid Overseas has been a roaring success throughout 2017, and every single pair of these 12,000 glasses will make a difference.

'It is easy for us to take our vision for granted in the UK, where opticians' services are readily available.

'In poorer parts of the world where people don’t have access to eyecare services, these donations and Vision Aid Overseas can make a significant impact on people’s lives.’

About Vision Aid Overseas

VAO has been Specsavers international eyecare charity since 2008.

The group has raised over £600,000 for Zambian eye care including an optometry technologists training course at the Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka, 10 staffed vision centres across Zambia and a national eyecare outreach programme.

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