The team at Specsavers in Sleaford which set itself a target to collect 5,000 pairs of unwanted glasses for charity during 2017, has hit the 2,000 donation mark.

The Southgate store has been busy collecting old and unwanted specs from customers in store throughout the year to be donated to international charity, Vision Aid Overseas (VAO). It is now making a further appeal to locals to donate their old specs to the cause.

A word from the store director

‘We have set up a barometer in the store to monitor the number of pairs we collect - so far we have been able to donate 2,000 pairs,’ explained store director, Bijal Ladva.

‘It’s an initiative that we have supported for several years now. This year we’d love to achieve our donation of 5,000 pairs, so we’re asking people to hand in their unwanted specs to enable us to hit our target.

‘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.'

Fantastic generosity of customers

Bijal added: ‘Through the generosity of our customers and members of the public, we’ve sent off another 500 pairs this month, but we still have a way to go.

'We’d like to encourage anyone with old specs lying around to 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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