Dalkeith customers focus on charity

Matthew Felstead, practice manager at the Dalkeith branch of Black and Lizars, with spectacles donated for Vision Aid Overseas
Matthew Felstead, practice manager at the Dalkeith branch of Black and Lizars, with spectacles donated for Vision Aid Overseas

Thoughtful patients of Black & Lizars’ practice in High Street, Dalkeith, donated more than 25 pairs of used spectacles last month to support the optometrist’s drive to raise funds for Vision Aid Overseas, a charity which campaigns for improved eye care in the developing world.

Vision Aid Overseas runs a nationwide spectacle collection scheme which operates to raise money for its work. Recycled spectacles are not sent overseas. Instead, Vision Aid Overseas makes sure that the donated spectacles are recycled in an environmentally-friendly way, with the income generated from recycling used to support its overseas’ programmes.

Practice manager Matthew Felstead said: “Our patients in Dalkeith are very responsive to the regular campaign we run to ask them to donate spectacles which are no longer needed.

“As part of our “Summer Clearout” drive this year we collected our patients’ unwanted spectacles which we have donated to a worthy cause.”

Black & Lizars operates a 24-strong practice network in Scotland, ranging from Aberdeen to Ayr. It also has a practice in Northern Ireland.

Across all its practices more than 500 pairs of used spectacles have been forwarded this year to Vision Aid Overseas. The company will continue to receive all unwanted pairs of spectacles for onward transmission to the charity.