Specsavers opticians in Palmers Green have championed a glasses recycling scheme to help improve access to eyecare services in developing countries.

Jaswinder Singh Nagra, store director of Specsavers in Palmers Green, has been encouraging local residents to donate their used and unwanted glasses to global sight charity, Vision Aid Overseas (VAO). In recent months, customers donated 500 pairs of glasses to the store.

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Residents simply needed to drop them into collection boxes in store and the charity will now use the proceeds from selling the reusable materials towards establishing vision centres, training healthcare workers and utilising the expertise of volunteers to give people desperately-needed eye examinations and treatment.

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Jaswinder said: ‘Eyecare is often something that we take for granted living in a country like the UK, but people in developing countries do not have such easy access to eyecare services. ‘That is why we encourage all of our customers purchasing new glasses to donate their old pair to the VAO initiative. It’s so easy to do and rather than gathering dust at the back of a cupboard, they can benefit people less fortunate.’

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