Buxton opticians donate glasses to support people in developing countries

Specsavers in Buxton has donated 500 pairs of glasses to people in Zambia with limited access to eyecare.
Specsavers in Buxton has donated 500 pairs of glasses to people in Zambia with limited access to eyecare.

A Buxton opticians has been helping people in developing countries by donating 500 pairs of glasses to people in Zambia.

Working with The U Foundation, Specsavers donated the ready reader glasses to help people who need reading glasses but have no access to them.

Boys play in the Zambian village where the glasses will be used.

Boys play in the Zambian village where the glasses will be used.

The U Foundation raises funds and collects supplies for projects in developing countries, helping locals to achieve a better life.

It regularly ships school desks, chairs, books, clothing, shoes, sports equipment and medical equipment to Zambia, where 100 per cent of donations from the charity go directly to helping those who have little.

The donation from Specsavers was arranged by Charlie Gwillim, a long-term supporter of The U Foundation, who lives locally and approached the store for support.

Dr Choongo Mwinga, who works with the charity, visited the store in The Springs shopping centre when he came to the UK for training recently and thanked the team for their generosity.

Specsavers Buxton store director, Tom Rhodes, said: “We couldn’t turn down the opportunity to send 500 pairs of ready readers to Zambia.

“The U Foundation will deliver them directly to people who would otherwise have no access to glasses, and would continue to struggle unnecessarily with poor eyesight.

“As opticians this really strikes a chord with us and we are delighted to be working with such a brilliant charity.”

And Charlie Gwillim added: “These glasses will mean the world to the people who receive them.

“I’ve seen first-hand the gratitude of people whose lives have been changed by donations like this.

“In a country where opticians’ services are readily available, such as the UK, it is easy to take our vision for granted.

“In the developing world, the provision of optical services has a real impact on people’s lives.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to Specsavers Buxton for its support and generosity.”