Thanks for 1,000 specs

Children and adults across the developing world can now see clearly thanks to a generous donation of glasses from customers at a local opticians.
Children and adults across the developing world can now see clearly thanks to a generous donation of glasses from customers at a local opticians.
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CHILDREN and adults across the developing world are seeing clearly thanks to a donation of glasses from customers of a local optician.

Specsavers at Crystal Peaks sent off the donation of more than 1,000 glasses which will be distributed by the Vision Aid Overseas charity among impoverished communities in India, Africa and Eastern Europe.

Volunteers for the charity work to match the lenses and frames to new owners who don’t otherwise have access to eye care.

The Sheffield branch has been supporting the charity for 10 years and now collects an average of 500 pairs of glasses a month.

Gil Vasey, store director at Specsavers at Crystal Peaks, said: “We’re delighted to donate such a large number of glasses to people who cannot afford or access eye tests and glasses.

“Sight is something we take for granted in the UK but Vision Aid highlights just how useful our old and unwanted glasses can be.

“People in the countries we help queue for days and travel hundreds of miles from neighbouring towns to receive their second-hand glasses, so every contribution counts and I urge people to come to the store to donate their old glasses.”