Old specs appeal

By Beth Sharp Friday 15 August 2014 Updated: 15/08 13:04

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SPECTACLE wearers in Bromsgrove are being encouraged to donate their old glasses to raise money for an international eye care charity.

Staff at the town's Specsavers, on the High Street, have launched an appeal asking the community to donate spare spectacles to support Vision Aid Overseas.

All the unwanted glasses will be recycled in an environmentally-friendly way - all the proceeds will then go towards supporting the charity's work, transforming access to eye care in Zambia.

Store retail director Mark Gibson said access to affordable eye care was something everyone took for granted in this country but in Zambia there was just a handful of qualified optometrists serving a 12million population.

He added: "By collecting as many pairs of glasses as possible we hope to support training programmes and outreach clinics that could really make a difference for local people."

In partnership with Vision Aid Overseas, Specsavers stores have raised more than £300,000 to date - helping to build a school of optometry in Zambia and open eye care outreach clinics in much of the country.

Anyone wanting to donate their old specs can drop them off in at the High Street store.

Visit www.visionaidoverseas.org for more information on the scheme.

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