Specsavers in Street is thanking local residents for generous donations of old and unwanted specs after collecting 250 pairs for an international eyecare charity. 

The team has been supporting Vision Aid Overseas for 10 years, raising awareness of the charity and collecting specs which are recycled to provide income for overseas projects. 

Making a difference

Store director Colin Shearer said: ‘Vision Aid Overseas is a great charity and one that we’re so pleased to support. We’d like to say a big thank you to our customers and everyone who has donated their old and unwanted specs over the past few months.’

Based in the UK, Vision Aid Overseas is an organisation that works in a number of African countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana and Sierra Leone. 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.  

‘We have such easy access to affordable eyecare in this country that we can easily take our sight for granted,’ Colin continued. ‘People in some of the world’s poorest countries sadly do not have the same luxury, which is why the work that Vision Aid does is so important. I’d like to encourage our local community to continue supporting this brilliant charity that is making a huge difference to the lives of the people who need it the most.’

To find out more about Vision Aid Overseas, please visit www.visionaidoverseas.org.

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