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Motherwell Specsavers Want Your Old Glasses For Charity Driv

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

BIG hearted glasses wearers in Motherwell are donating their eyewear in impressive numbers, helping people with poor vision in developing countries.


Now the local Specsavers store is putting out the call for even more thoughtful locals to bring old and unwanted glasses to the store. Staff are keen to remind the people of Motherwell that you do not have to be a Specsavers customer to donate.


All donations are put to great use by eyecare charity Vision Aid Overseas, which recycle the glasses, helping to improve the sight of people in poverty-stricken countries in the developing world.


Specsavers first launched its appeal in 2002 and has been delighted by the response. An average of 500 pairs of specs each year have poured into the opticians, making for a staggering 3,500 pairs in total to date.


Ian Moss, director of the Motherwell store says: 'You definitely don't have to be a Specsavers customer to donate your old glasses. We will happily accept everyone's specs. VAO is a fantastic charity and one which Specsavers stores throughout the UK have supported for some time. There are many people in the developing world who cannot afford eyecare like we can in Scotland and many of us take that for granted. We are delighted that the thoughtful actions of the people of Motherwell are going some way to helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves.'


Specsavers has supported the eyecare charity for many years.  Over the past eight years Specsavers stores across the country have donated more than 250,000 glasses.


Set up in 1985, VAO is dedicated to helping the 300 million people in the world who suffer from poor sight and blindness because they need glasses.  VAO aims to provide those in the developing world with basic eyecare, through unpaid, qualified volunteers.    


Jeremy Jalie, deputy director of VAO, says: 'We are extremely appreciative of the support VAO has received from Specsavers. The glasses donated will contribute to improving many people's lives in the developing world by providing them with adequate eyecare. VAO is very grateful to both Specsavers and their customers for their continued support.'




Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Opticians



Please consult the Vision Aid Overseas website on www.vao.org.uk/specsavers 





Specsavers notes to editors                                                                              Feb  10              

  • Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world
  • The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their son John is joint managing director
  • Specsavers has more than 1,480 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.4 billion in 2009/10
  • Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners.
  • Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
  • Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the eighth year running by Reader's Digest in 2009
  • Greater than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * - 9,700,000 glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2009
  • Specsavers share by volume of the total optical market (including retailers that are not opticians) is 34%. Our share of the opticians market is 39%.*
  • Specsavers is the largest retail provider of home delivery contact lenses in Europe and one of the top two retail suppliers of continuous wear lenses in the world
  • Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and offer a hearing service from more than 400 locations.
  • Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. During their three year support for Diabetes UK they raised more than £250,000 to fund research into diabetic retinopathy
  • Since 2003 more than a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas for use in developing countries. Specsavers stores across Britain have raised more than £300,000 in 2009 to fund a dedicated eyecare clinic and teaching facility in Zambia supported by Vision Aid Overseas. Stores will raise an additional £300,000 to continue the project.



*GfK NOP (Sept 2009)