Specsavers’ new employees help Vision Aid Overseas

Posted on August 09, 2018
Author: Lifeatspecsavers

Specsavers has donated £3,000 to Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) through its virtual coin that allows new recruits to choose which charity they’d like to donate to. The optical and audiology business asks everyone who completes the induction training to choose from three charities to support using the virtual coin. The business then makes real money donations to the chosen charities.

Gill Palfrey-Hill from Specsavers said: ‘Our induction programme which at the end of the online module encourages employees to select a charity to donate to has been a great success and we have given thousands of pounds to charity since it started in 2016. We’re delighted to make this donation to VAO so the charity can continue its work helping people who do not have access to eye care services.’

VAO is dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries. The money will be used to train local eye care workers, support hospital outreach services to isolated communities and build vision centres where people can access eye tests and glasses.

A spokesperson from VAO said: ‘We are extremely grateful for Specsavers’ support, which will allow us to continue to help thousands of people get the glasses they desperately need to see clearly and build better lives for themselves, their families and communities.’

The online induction is completed by new starters in Specsavers stores and offices across all the countries it operates in. Employees can choose to make a donation to VAO, Sightsavers or The Fred Hollows Foundation.