Your old glasses to help third world

A Louth opticians is collecting old, unwanted glasses to donate to those living in areas where eyecare is not readily available.

So far in 2014, Specsavers in Louth has collected more than 1,000 pairs of glasses from the generous residents in the town.

The frames are recycled by Vision Aid Overseas, and the money is used to support its work in developing countries. Customers can drop into the store on Mercer Row and leave their unwanted specs in the special collection bins to help further the cause.

Andrew Downes, store director at Louth Specsavers said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the continuing support we’ve had from the local community.

“To collect over 1,000 pairs of glasses is a fantastic achievement, but we’re sure there must be more out there. Please drop by with any unwanted specs you might have to help this admirable cause.”

Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade and is continuing to do so. In this time, the opticians has raised more than £370,000 and has collected in excess of 250,000 pairs of glasses.

The money has been put to good use by funding the construction of a school for optometry in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, and the opening of vision centres in each of the country’s nine provinces.