Witham eyecare experts have collected 650 pairs of unwanted glasses from the local community, to help improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.

Since January, generous residents have been handing in their old specs to Specsavers in The Grove Centre. They have now been donated to international sight charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) to benefit those in need across Africa.

The charity will recycle the glasses and the proceeds from the reusable parts will be put towards establishing vision centres, training local eyecare professionals and providing outreach services to isolated communities.

A word from the store director

Jennifer Bowen, store director, has been championing the appeal in store: ‘Like us, our customers are huge supporters of the work of VAO. Something as simple as dropping your old specs in our collection bucket can really make a difference to someone’s quality of life – it’s as simple as that.

‘At this rate, we’re on target to collect more than 1000 pairs by the end of the year, so if you’d like to contribute, just pop by the shopping centre.’

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