750 pairs of specs have been donated by Specsavers to impoverished people in developing countries.

The team from Specsavers in Rickmansworth collected the large sum of unwanted glasses from customers over the last six months.

The eyecare charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) will be given the huge collection as they recycle glasses and use the funds generated to help build vision centres, train local eyecare workers and deliver eyecare services to remote and isolated communities in five African nations.

A word from the store director

Shilan Haria, director in Specsavers Rickmansworth, said: ‘Thank you to the local community who have supported our VAO collection by handing in their old specs, the contribution has been amazing. We encourage our customers to drop their old specs into our donations box in store, rather than throwing them out or letting them collect dust.

‘Over the last year we’ve amassed quite a collection which, when recycled, will make a real difference in the lives of people who don’t yet have access to basic eyecare services.’

Specsavers help

Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas over the 10 years. During this time, the optical retailer has raised more than £800,000 and has collected in excess of 250,000 pairs of glasses.

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