High Street opticians Vision Express has donated 56,000 pairs of spectacles to charity.
The multiple gave the frames to the Al-Ain International Welfare Trust, which will offer sight tests and dispense the frames to those in need across Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Africa.
The charity provides an ongoing outreach programme to people living across Asia, offering support to disadvantaged communities through a number of health care and education initiatives.
Having previously donated frames and eye screening equipment to the charity, the latest batch of frames demonstrates Vision Express’ continued support of the cause.
Due to the large volume of donate frames, the Trust will take batches of between 3000 to 4000 frames to its camps at a time. The first delivery is scheduled for a camp in northern Pakistan, an area where “access to eye care is almost non-existent,” according to the Trust.
Chief executive of the Al-Ain International Welfare Trust, Dr Khalid Khan, said: “We are delighted with this donation from Vision Express, which will make a huge difference to the lives of tens of thousands of people, including children who suffer from eye conditions that can be treated by wearing glasses.”
CEO of Vision Express, Jonathan Lawson, added: “We’re proud to be able to give the gift of sight to those both at home and overseas, who are most in need of vision correction.”