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Penge residents donate gift of sight to Africa charity

PUBLISHED: 11:49 10 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:49 10 July 2013

Specsavers in Penge collected 600 pairs of unwated glasses to donate to charity Vision Aid Overseas.

Specsavers in Penge collected 600 pairs of unwated glasses to donate to charity Vision Aid Overseas.

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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.

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