People are being urged to donate their old, unwanted glasses to Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) which aims to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.
Specsavers in Seaham and Peterlee are collecting unwanted glasses and urging customers to drop off any glasses which are no longer needed.
Eric Thomson, store director at Specsavers in Peterlee and Seaha, says: ‘In Britain, we are used to having access to excellent eyecare on our high streets but many people in developing countries are not as lucky, so it’s important we do what we can to improve eye health there.
‘Specs wearers in Seaham and Peterlee have already helped us to donate a fantastic number of frames in the past. This year we are making it our aim to collect more unwanted glasses than ever before and thanks to the help of the community, this is more than possible.’
Locals can get involved in the ongoing appeal by dropping their old frames into the store, where they will find VAO collection boxes. The glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in developing countries. This includes giving people much needed eye tests and treatment, and training up local optometrists.
Anyone who wishes to donate can visit their local Specsavers store in Seaham at Bryon Place Shopping Centre, SR7 7DR. Or Peterlee at The Chare, Castle Dene Shopping Centre, SR8 1AE.