Specsavers in Sleaford is appealing to the local community to donate their unwanted specs to help them achieve their target of 5,000 pairs for charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) by the end of the year.

The team on Southgate has been busy collecting old and unwanted specs from customers in store throughout the year, with a current total of 3,000 pairs. They are now making a final appeal for donations throughout November and December.

A word from the store director

‘Our total clocks in at just under 3,000 pairs so we still have a way to go to reach our target,’ explained store director, Bijal Ladva.

‘It’s an initiative that we have supported for several years now. We’d love to achieve our donation of 5,000 pairs, so we’re asking people to root around and find those unwanted pairs that are gathering dust – or maybe that friends or relatives have lying around the house.

‘The work that VAO does is so important for those in developing countries who are affected by poor vision and this is a small way in which we can help. The donated specs are recycled to generate income to support overseas programmes.

‘If you have any specs to donate, please hand them in to a member of staff in store; all shapes and sizes of glasses are appreciated.’

About Vision Aid Overseas

Vision Aid Overseas is a UK based organisation that works in several African countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia. The charity, founded in 1985, provides eye tests and glasses to those who need them, and aims to help those living in poverty who have little or no access to eyecare. 

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