The Uxbridge opticians raised more than £300 and collected hundreds of glasses for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).

Generous customers

The Specsavers store has been repairing glasses for a donation to the charity, which provides eyecare services for people in the developing world.

Customers have been coming into the store for minor repairs, glasses cleaning and nose pad replacements where all proceeds have gone to VAO.

Store director Michael Wong said: ‘We’re so grateful for the generosity of Uxbridge residents, as we’ve broken the £300 mark so far.

‘We’re keen to keep up this drive by encouraging more people to donate both money and unused glasses. It’s important that we provide opportunities for those less fortunate than us here in the UK.’

A bit about VAO

VAO works in Africa to renovate 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, which was officially opened by Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins.

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