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Shoppers across Openshaw help provide sight for Africa

Shoppers across Openshaw help provide sight for Africa
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Shoppers across Openshaw help provide sight for Africa

15 January 2020

Specsavers in Openshaw is thanking customers for a fantastic 300 pairs of glasses being donated throughout 2019.
Shoppers have donated thousands of glasses since January 2019 as part of Specsavers’ charity campaign to help people in Africa to see more clearly. 
Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas has been helping some of the poorest people in the world to see properly for more than 30 years. The charity’s mission is to enable people living in poverty to access affordable glasses and eyecare.
All the collected glasses are recycled and the money made is used to help provide optical services in developing countries.
Working with Vision Aid Overseas, staff and customers at Specsavers in Openshaw have shown their generosity by bringing a record-number of old glasses to the store for donation since the start of the year. 
Rachel Harrison, retail director at Specsavers Openshaw, says: ‘The campaign has been a massive success so far this year, thanks to our very kind and generous customers bringing in their old glasses. Every single one will make a difference.
‘In a country where opticians’ services are readily available, such as the UK, it is easy to take our vision for granted. In poorer parts of the world where people don’t have access to eyecare services, these donations and Vision Aid Overseas can make a significant impact on people’s lives.’
VAO has been Specsavers international eyecare charity since 2008. The group has raised over £600,000 for Zambian eye care including an optometry technologists training course at the Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka, 10 staffed vision centres across Zambia and a national eyecare outreach programme.
• Specsavers is a partnership of almost 2,000 locally-run businesses throughout the world -all committed to delivering high quality, affordable optical and hearing care in the communities they serve. 
• Each store is part-owned and managed by its own joint venture partners who are supported by key specialists in support offices
• More than 36 million customers are registered with Specsavers and the partnership had a turnover of more than £2.2bn in 2016/17
• More than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers 
• Specsavers is a champion of the National Health Service – of its 22.2m customers in the UK, 55% are from the NHS and the company is the largest provider of free NHS digital hearing aids
• Specsavers supports several UK charities and is in partnership with RNIB for a public awareness campaign to transform the nation’s eye health.
• Specsavers runs a home-visiting service in the UK and Ireland called Specsavers Healthcall for those who cannot get to their local store unaccompanied. 
Shoppers across Openshaw help provide sight for Africa 


For further information, contact:-

Public Relations Department, Dransfield Properties Ltd
Tel: 01226 360644