The Team at Specsavers Weymouth created a great spectacle for their VAO fundraising campaign.
The Specsavers store on St Thomas Street began the campaign at the back end of 2015, it started with the staff encouraging the public that went into the Opticians from October to December to donate any glasses they had which they didn’t use anymore to their campaign for VAO.
2015, 2015 was the target that the team had set for themselves. Before they entered 2016 the Specsavers team wanted to collect 2015 pairs of glasses and once they hit their target they used the spectacles to create the number 2015 for all of the public to see.
The director of the Specsavers store in Weymouth, Mark Hayles, thanked the people who donated their glasses to the their campaign for VAO.
Mr Hayles said, “We’re so grateful to everyone who has taken the time to bring in their old glasses, Vision Aid Overseas does a tremendous amount of work providing support to people who lack access to eyecare services.
Mr Hayles added, “In this country, we can easily access professional eyecare on the high street and it’s something we all take for granted, In the developing world it’s a very different story and for that reason it is important we do what we can to improve eye health elsewhere. We couldn’t have hit this huge figure without the help of our community, so a massive thanks to everyone who donated their specs to this great cause.”
Specsavers as a whole has raised over half a million pounds in the past 12 years and they have also collected and recycled over 250,000 pairs of glasses, all for charity.
The money that has been raised by Specsavers has helped a number of different projects, one of them being the eyecare clinic in Lusaka which they funded themselves and was opened by one of the Specsavers founders Dame Mary Perkins.