Customers have been donating unwanted glasses to Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) which aims to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.

The Barnard Castle store has been collecting unwanted glasses and urging customers to drop off any glasses which are no longer needed.

A word from the store director 

Tim Mitchison, store director at Specsavers in Barnard Castle, 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 Barnard Castle 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 Barnard Castle at 21 Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LX.

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