The team at Specsavers in Royton has thanked customers for donating more than 1,800 pairs of old, unused glasses as part of a charity campaign to help people in Africa to see more clearly.

Vision Aid Overseas

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 Royton have shown their generosity by bringing a record-number of old glasses to the store for donation over the past year.

Making a difference

Royton store director, Rod Fullalove, said: ‘The 1,800 pairs of glasses that we've collected are going to a long way in making an impact on the lives of people in countries where opticians' services aren't readily available.

'I'd like to thank every single customer and team member who contributed to the donations.'

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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