Specsavers in Telford is spreading Christmas cheer ahead of the big day with a generous donation of glasses to international eye care charity, Vision Aid Overseas (VAO). 

The team has received more than 4,000 old or unwanted glasses throughout the year for the charity, which aims to improve eye health for those living in poverty in African countries. The glasses will be recycled and the money generated used to fund overseas programmes. 

Community generosity

‘We’re absolutely delighted to be making yet another donation to the charity thanks to the generosity of our local community,’ said store director, Vinay Najran. ‘We’re very lucky to have such easy access to eye care in this country, but there are some who aren’t so lucky.

‘The money raised from recycling old and unwanted specs can make such a positive impact on the lives of those in need, so we’d like to encourage everyone in the local area to continue to donate their unwanted specs and make a difference for both adults and children living in poverty.’

Vision Aid Overseas is a UK based organisation that works in a number of African countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia. Founded in 1985, the charity 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.  

To find out more about the work that VAO does, go to www.visionaidoverseas.org/.

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