Taunton's Specsavers store has hosted a collection drive for old and unused glasses in aid of Vision Aid Overseas (VAO). The store asked locals to search high and low for old pairs of specs, as staff aimed to collect a record number of glasses for the UK-based charity.
700 pairs of glasses
Store director, Emma Denham said: ‘We had a donation bin which took pride of place in store and we managed to exceed our goal of 500 and collected 770 pairs of glasses. We would like to say a massive thank you to the people of Taunton for coming in and donating their old and unwanted specs, we are really pleased to have achieved our goal.
The collected specs have been boxed and donated to VAO for recycling. The charity uses the money it makes from selling the reusable materials to fund its work in developing countries.'
Providing eye care in Africa
Victoria Cox, international programme officer for VAO says: ‘We are really thrilled with how many pairs of glasses the people of Taunton have donated. It’s such a worthwhile cause as this is not only preventing specs from ending up in landfills but also raising vital funds for our overseas programmes’.
VAO works in Africa to transform access to eyecare services and is part of the Vision 2020 initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. Since 2003 Specsavers stores have collected and recycled more than a quarter of a million glasses for the charity, and have raised over £550,000. This money has helped a number of projects including solely funding an eyecare clinic in the Zambian capital Lusaka.