Penge residents donate gift of sight to Africa charity
PUBLISHED: 11:49 10 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:49 10 July 2013
Generous Penge residents have donated 600 pairs of glasses to a charity fighting poverty in Africa.
Donations have been flooding in since January at Specsavers, in Penge High Street, and the glasses will now be recycled by Vision Aid Overseas.
The money raised will be used to fund the charity’s work in developing countries, including offering eye tests and treatments to those in need - as well as training for optometrists in a number of African villages.
Prema Patel, director of the Penge store, said: “As eyesight is something that naturally deteriorates people often discovere that they cannot use their glasses anymore.
“We encourage all of our customers purchasing new glasses to donate their old pair so they can benefit people in countries where quality eyecare is not as readily available.”
For glasses donations call the store on 020 8659 4040, or visit specsavers.co.uk/stores/penge.