The team at Rugeley Specsavers has collected more than 1,000 pairs of unwanted specs for charity over the past year, thanks to donations from customers.

Providing support in developing countries

Staff have been asking customers to drop off their old glasses for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) and sent another 200 pairs overseas this month, taking its overall total to more than 1,000. Once the specs have been donated to VAO, they are recycled and sold on to support the charity’s ongoing work in developing countries.

‘VAO works tirelessly to ensure eyecare is accessible for those in developing countries, and everybody who has donated their old specs has played a part in making that possible,’ said Minal Naik, store director. ‘Donating your old glasses really helps to drive funds for the charity, giving people in developing countries with poor eyesight valuable access to eyecare, improving their quality of life.

‘Most people who wear specs will have pairs they no longer use due to a change in prescription, so we’ll continue to have a collection point in store where they can be dropped off.’

Vision Aid Overseas

Vision Aid Overseas is dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eyecare in developing countries and raises money by selling the materials recycled from old glasses. The process is environmentally friendly and enables the charity to fund its overseas projects. For more information visit

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