Pictured: Jackie Murphy, practice manager at Chase Eyecare’s Cannock branch, is pictured with the donated glasses which will be recycled for Vision Aid Overseas
A spectacles recycling initiative led by a leading Staffordshire opticians in aid of a charity which helps people with sight difficulties in developing countries has proved to be a huge success.
Chase Eyecare, with a branch in High Green, Cannock and Market Street, Hednesford, collected 250 pairs of frames during the initiative which was originally going to be held throughout May.
But it has proved to be so successful that the practice has decided to make the glasses recycling initiative ongoing.
Chase Eyecare collected the glasses to be recycled on behalf of Vision Aid Overseas.
Customers who came into Chase Eyecare to donate their unwanted glasses also benefitted by receiving £20 off their new glasses.
Jackie Murphy, Chase Eyecare practice manager at its Cannock branch, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to the initiative with around 250 frames being collected all together in just one month.
“Vision Aid Overseas is a wonderful charity which helps so many people in developing countries where excellent eye care facilities are not readily available to people as it is in this country.
“We have already sent one collection box over to the charity and will now be delivering another.
“I would like to say a big thank you on behalf of Chase Eyecare to all the people who popped in to one of our branches to hand in their unwanted frames. Due to its success we will be carrying it on so anyone who still has unwanted frames at home should feel free to pop in. It really is an excellent cause.”
Around 670 million people – 10% of the world’s population are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of glasses. The international charity has been helping some of the poorest people gain better sight for the last 27 years.
Vision Aid Overseas carries out much of its work in Africa including countries such as Ghana, Ethiopia and Zambia but also in other parts of the world such as India. Since it was formed in 1985 Vision Aid Overseas has worked in 26 counties and helped over 1 million patients to see.
Vision Aid Overseas is dedicated to helping people in developing countries whose lives are blighted by bad eyesight, particularly in those cases where spectacles can help.
Donated glasses are then dispensed abroad by teams of travelling volunteer optometrists.
Chase Eyecare is just one of a few practices in Staffordshire which offers free diabetes eye screening examinations and glasses for NHS patients.
Chase Eyecare also offers free home visits and emergency appointments and specialises in diagnosing visual stress or dyslexia.
To make an appointment at Chase Eyecare at its Cannock branch ring 01543 570313. For its Hednesford branch ring 01543 422198.