Specsavers in Southampton, Bitterne, Shirley and Totton have collected more than 700 pairs of glasses in the first six months of the year to donate to Vision Aid Overseas, a charity enabling those living in poverty in Africa to access affordable glasses and eye care.

A worthy cause

The teams have been encouraging their local communities to donate their used and unwanted specs at the stores, which are then collected and recycled by Vision Aid Overseas. Proceeds generated from the reusable parts are used to establish vision centres, train local eye care professionals and provide outreach services to isolated communities in Africa.

Richard Morgan, store director at Specsavers Southampton, said: ‘We’re a big supporter of Vision Aid Overseas and we’re proud to sponsor a cause that provides much-needed eye care to people less fortunate than us.

‘We’ve had a great response from customers for the charity so far this year and we’re now encouraging them to donate even more glasses in store.’

Get involved

Specsavers Southampton, Bitterne, Shirley and Totton are continuing to collect glasses for Vision Aid Overseas and are aiming to donate more than 1,400 pairs by the end of the year. If you have any old specs to hand, please donate them at one of the stores today.

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