GOSPORT opticians have collected over 2,000 pairs of used and unwanted glasses from the community to help improve access to eyecare services in developing nations.
The team from Specsavers encouraged residents to donate in aid of sight charity Spec Trek, supported by Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent Lions Club.
The charity has been collecting glasses for 33 years, gathering nearly three million in total since it first started.
Philippe Brogan, store director of Specsavers Gosport said: ‘We’re overwhelmed by the response from the community.
‘It’s wonderful that the sale of the reusable materials from these glasses will now go towards helping support those less fortunate.’
Rita Webb, Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent Lions Club co-ordinator, said: ‘These glasses are warmly welcomed by those who don’t have access to eyecare services.
‘The Lions motto is “We Serve”, so we work alongside Lions Clubs all over the world to help people in disadvantaged countries receive the eyecare they deserve.
‘Together, we have improved the sight of over 100 million people and aim to push this even higher. We’d like to thank Specsavers Gosport for all of their help and support, which will help make a difference.’
Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs International, which has over 1.4 million members worldwide and has programs including sight and hearing conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach and international relations.
Philippe added: ‘We’re going to carry on the collection as we know many more people may still have an old or unwanted pair of specs at home, so we’d like to encourage everyone to come and donate in store.’
To donate or book an eye test, visit Specsavers Gosport at 120 High Street, Gosport, Hampshire, P012 1DU, call (023) 9251 1211 or visit specsavers.co.uk/stores/gosport.
Specsavers has raised enough funds for Vision Aid Overseas to build a school of optometry in Zambia and open eyecare outreach clinics in much of the country.