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St Albans residents' recycled glasses head to Africa as part of Vision Aid Overseas
Residents in St Albans have come together to donate more than 1,000 pairs of glasses to Africa to help improve access to eyecare services in developing countries.
Since January, the Specsavers store in Market Place has been encouraging customers to donate their used and unwanted glasses to global sight charity, Vision Aid Overseas.
Customers simply drop them into a collection box in store and they are sent to the charity and recycled using environmentally-friendly methods.
Amar Sharma, store director, said: "We encourage all of our customers purchasing new glasses to donate their old pair.
"It’s so easy to do and rather than gathering dust at the back of a cupboard, they can benefit people in countries where quality eyecare is not as readily available.
"Our customers have really embraced the scheme and it’s been brilliant to actually see the boxes of specs sent to the charity."
With the help of St Albans residents and Specsavers, Vision Aid Overseas will now use the proceeds from selling the reusable materials towards establishing vision centres, training healthcare workers and utilising the expertise of volunteers to give people desperately-needed eye examinations and treatment.
As well as collecting glasses, Specsavers stores nationwide have raised more £250,000 to improve eyecare in Zambia.
This has funded the construction of vision centres and training facilities for optometrists and eyecare specialists, in Kabawe, Mansa and Lusaka.
To donate your glasses or to book an eye examination, visit Specsavers in Market Place or contact 01727 848 020 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/Stalbans.
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