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Customers of Specsavers in Felixstowe praised for collecting old glasses for charity

PUBLISHED: 16:44 11 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:44 11 June 2017

Staff at the specsavers store in Felixstowe with the 3,600 pairs of glasses collected

Staff at the specsavers store in Felixstowe with the 3,600 pairs of glasses collected

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People in Felixstowe have helped collect more than 3,600 pairs of unwanted glasses to help improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.

Generous residents have been handing in their old specs to Specsavers in Hamilton Road.

They have now been donated to international sight charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) to benefit those in need across Africa.

The charity will recycle the glasses and the proceeds from the reusable parts will be put towards establishing vision centres, training local eyecare professionals and providing outreach services to isolated communities.

Naeem Kazi, store director, said: “Like us, our customers are huge supporters of the work of VAO.

“Something as simple as dropping your old specs in our collection bucket can really make a difference to someone’s quality of life – it’s as simple as that.”

It is hoped to collect 7,000 pairs by the end of the year.

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