The team at Specsavers in Wythenshawe is celebrating after getting more than 420 pairs of old, unused glasses from customers in 2017 as part of a charity campaign to help people in Africa to see more clearly.

Affordable eyecare

Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) has been helping some of the poorest people in the world to see properly for more than 30 years. The charity’s mission is to enable people living in poverty to access affordable glasses and eyecare.

All the collected glasses are recycled and the money made is used to help provide optical services in developing countries.

Working with Vision Aid Overseas, staff and customers at Specsavers in Wythenshawe have shown their generosity by bringing a record-number of old glasses to the store for donation over the past year.

Massive success

Wythenshawe store director, Amanda Pedder, said: ‘Vision Aid Overseas is always a big success, and we're really pleased to be able to contribute again this year. Every single pair will make a difference.

‘In a country where opticians’ services are readily available, such as the UK, it is easy to take our vision for granted.

'These donations and Vision Aid Overseas can make a significant impact on people’s lives in poorer parts of the world.’

VAO has been Specsavers international eyecare charity since 2008. The group has raised over £600,000 for Zambian eye care including an optometry technologists training course and 10 staffed vision centres across Zambia as well as a national eyecare outreach programme.

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