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Shoppers in Carlisle help provide sight for Africa

The Specsavers Carlisle team with some of the donated frames

[A]N OPTICIANS in Carlisle has thanked customers for donating more than five thousand of their old, unused glasses last year, as part of a charity campaign to help people in Africa to see more clearly.

Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas 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 Carlisle have shown their generosity by bringing a record-number of old glasses to the store for donation over the past year.

Store director, Glenn Rowe, says: ‘The campaign this year has been a massive success thanks to our very kind and generous customers bringing in their old glasses. Every single one will make a difference.

‘In January this year, we’ve already received over 300 pairs of frames so we are really looking to continue this success this year.’

‘In a country where opticians’ services are readily available, such as the UK, it is easy to take our vision for granted. In poorer parts of the world where people don’t have access to eyecare services, these donations and Vision Aid Overseas can make a significant impact on people’s lives.’

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 at the Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka, 10 staffed vision centres across Zambia and a national eyecare outreach programme.

To make an appointment with Specsavers Carlisle, call 01228 590 088 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/carlisle

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