AN opticians is urging people in Mansfield to dig out their old, unwanted glasses so they can be used to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in Africa.
Mansfield Specsavers collects spare and unused frames at the store in Westgate and donates them to Vision Aid Overseas.
The glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in developing countries. This includes giving people badly-needed eye tests and treatment, and training up local optometrists.
With the help of Specsavers, the international charity is committed to providing eyecare for people living in Zambia. Previously, there had been very limited provision for the one in four Zambians who desperately require it, with just a handful of qualified optometrists serving the 12million population.
Local people can do their bit to further the partnership’s goal simply by calling into Mansfield Specsavers and dropping their old glasses in a special collection bin.
Last year, Mansfield Specsavers collected 4,000 of old frames from local customers.
Imogen Hoyle at Mansfield Specsavers, on Westgate, said: “The situation in Zambia is alien to us in Britain where Specsavers offers professional eye care to all on the high street. For this reason it is important we do what we can to improve eye health elsewhere.
“There must be thousands of spare specs lying around in drawers around the country that are no longer of use to their owners. All donations are welcome.”
For more information about Vision Aid Overseas, visit www.vao.org.uk.