Wood Green residents have come together to donate almost 500 pairs of glasses to Africa since January to help improve access to eyecare services in developing countries.

Encouraging donations

The Specsavers store in Wood Green has been encouraging customers to donate their used and unwanted glasses to global sight charity, Vision Aid Overseas. Customers can simply drop them into a collection box in store and they are sent to the charity and recycled using environmentally-friendly methods.

Examinations and treatment

With the help of Wood Green residents and Specsavers, Vision Aid Overseas uses the proceeds from selling the reusable materials towards establishing vision centres, training healthcare workers and utilising the expertise of volunteers to give people desperately-needed eye examinations and treatment.

Easy as one, two, three

Fred Agyarko, store director of Specsavers Wood Green, says: ‘We encourage all of our customers purchasing new glasses to donate their old pair. It’s so easy to do and rather than gathering dust at the back of a cupboard, they can benefit people in countries where quality eyecare is not as readily available.

‘Our customers have really embraced the scheme and it’s been brilliant to actually see the boxes of specs sent to the charity. We hope to be able to sponsor one of our staff to visit Africa and volunteer their services so they can see first-hand the amazing work that VAO does.’


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