An opticians in Pocklington is urging people in the area to donate their old, unwanted glasses to its New Year appeal, which aims to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.
In conjunction with the local Rotary Club, Pocklington Specsavers collected more than 1,200 pairs of glasses for international charity Vision Aid Overseas in 2014 and is once again collecting unused frames at the store on Market Place.
Customers can get involved in the appeal by dropping their old frames into the in-store collection bin, which will then be donated 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 much needed eye tests and treatment, and training up local optometrists.
Vision Aid Overseas 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 12 million population.
Robert Winlow, store director at Pocklington Specsavers, said: “In Britain we are used to having access to excellent eyecare on our high streets but most people in Zambia are not as lucky so it’s important we do what we can to improve eye health there.
“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.”
l For more information about Vision Aid Overseas, visit www.vao.org.uk.