Redcar locals have been doing their bit for charity by donating unwanted pairs of glasses to people in the developing world.

The town’s Specsavers store has received more than 150 pairs of glasses in the last month and the donations are still rolling in.

The old or unwanted specs are recycled by Vision Aid Overseas, a charity which specialises in providing eyecare for those in poverty-stricken countries around the world.

150 pairs of specs recycled
The money made from recycling the glasses is then used to fund the charity’s work. Since its inception in 1987, the UK-based charity has helped more than one million people in the developing world.

Val Beaumont, store director for Specsavers in Redcar says: ‘We would really like to thank our Redcar locals for being so generous with their donations. ‘Vision Aid Overseas is a fantastic organisation and we would love to continue to support the charity with the help of the community. We would like to encourage anyone with old glasses to drop them off at our in-store collection point.’

Improving eyecare in Zambia

Vision Aid Overseas works in Africa to transform access to eyecare services. As part of its work with Vision Aid Overseas, Specsavers has made a significant commitment to improving eyecare provision in Zambia. Previously there had been very limited provision for the one in four Zambians who desperately require it, with just a handful of qualified optometrists serving the 12million population.

Last winter saw the official opening of the country’s first optometry training centre in the capital city of Lusaka, where 24 students gain valuable experience working with patients in their training to become fully qualified optometrists.

Specsavers has set a target to fund vision centres in the country’s eight further provinces, with four of these now open.

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