Taunton’s Specsavers teams are helping some of the world’s poorest communities to see clearly thanks to the generosity and thoughtfulness of customers who recycle their old glasses.
The Specsavers store urged customers to donate their old and unwanted specs throughout 2016, dropping them into collection bins in store.
Lions recycle for sight
The Taunton Lions Club recently visited the Taunton store to pick up the latest collection totalling 5,342 pairs of glasses, 4 hearing aids and 6 mobile phones!
Making a difference
Taunton Specsavers store director Emma Denham said: ‘Eyecare is available on every high street in the UK and thanks to the NHS it is free to many. To imagine a life where eyecare and glasses are unavailable is just foreign to us.
‘Thanks to the work of the Lions Club and our customers’ kind donations we could be helping a child read, a grandparent see their grandchild or even a mother hearing their baby cry for the first time. This is priceless and for that I’d like to thank everyone and urge them to continue bringing in their glasses and hearing aids.’
Vision Aid Overseas
In addition to glasses recycling in stores, Specsavers has channelled more than £800,000 into VAO’s work in Zambia. It has helped to open a vision centre in eight of the country’s provinces and supported the opening of the country's first optometry training centre. Specsavers partnership with VAO has allowed 85,000 people to receive eyecare in Zambia.