Gravesend optician collects thousands of glasses for charity
PUBLISHED: 11:07 22 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:07 22 October 2014
The optician is getting the donations to support the charity Vision Aid Overseas
An optician in Gravesend has collected 2,500 glasses for eyesight charity Vision Aid Overseas.
Specsavers, located in the Thamesgate Shopping Centre, has been asking people to donate their old and unused glasses to the charity, which provides eyecare services for people in Zambia.
Store director Blair Hunter says: “We’re so grateful for the generosity of Gravesend residents, as we’ve raised this total so far this year.
“We’re keen to keep up this drive by encouraging more people to donate. 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 nationally have collected and recycled more than a quarter of a million glasses for the charity, and have raised over £550,000. This 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.
To donate your old glasses visit Specsavers in Gravesend at 19-20 Thamesgate Shopping Centre in Gravesend.