Specsavers in Totton, Southampton, Bitterne and Shirley 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.

Old specs, new purpose

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 Totton, said: ‘We’ve had a flood of glasses donations for Vision Aid Overseas from our customer in Totton this year. All the old glasses we send off will help to provide essential eye care to those who need it the most.’

Still time for donations

Specsavers Totton, Southampton, Bitterne and Shirley 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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