Donated glasses will help in Africa

Specsavers in Commercial Road, Portsmouth has collected more than 300 pairs of glasses for Vision Aid Overseas
Specsavers in Commercial Road, Portsmouth has collected more than 300 pairs of glasses for Vision Aid Overseas
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AN opticians has collected more than 300 pairs of glasses for Vision Aid Overseas.

Specsavers in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, asked people to donate their old and unused glasses to the charity, which provides eyecare services for people in Zambia.

Store director Julia Moulton said: ‘We’re so grateful for the generosity of Portsmouth residents.

‘We’re keen to keep up this drive by encouraging more people to donate – we want to hit a target of 500 by the end of July.

‘It’s important that we provide opportunities for those who don’t have access to good quality eyecare services.’

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 more than £550,000.

The 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.