Staff at a Specsavers in Wisbech are set to get spooky this Halloween all in the name of charity.
The team at Specsavers will be taking part in the annual Horsefair Halloween event which takes place on Saturday 31 October from 3-5pm and will be asking residents to donate their old glasses in aid of international sight charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).
The charity recycles the glasses and uses the money made from selling the reusable materials to fund its charity work in developing countries. This includes giving people much-needed eye tests and treatment, and training up local optometrists.
On the day the team will also be swapping their uniforms for spooky Halloween costumes as well as handing our sweets and treats to children.
Mike Avery, store director at Specsavers Wisbech, says: ‘We are really pushing glasses collections for VAO and would love to see as many people as possible drop off their unused specs at the store.
‘In this country we can easily access professional eyecare on the high street and it’s something we all take for granted. In the developing world it’s a very different story and for that reason it is important we do what we can to improve eye health elsewhere’.
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, which was officially opened by Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins.