Optical experts in the North East have donated tens of thousands of pairs of specs to those in need overseas.

From Carlisle to Coulby Newham, Specsavers stores across the region collected 44,300 pairs of used and unwanted specs from their communities for international sight charity, Vision Aid Overseas.

A word from Specsavers 

Ross Jennings, chair of Specsavers stores in the region, said: ‘Specsavers is a huge supporter of the work Vision Aid Overseas carries out and in this, the charity’s 30th anniversary year, stores in the North East wanted to really champion the cause.

‘Never did we imagine that together we’d collect almost 45,000 pairs of specs. We’ve been utterly overwhelmed at the response.

‘Thank you to everyone who has donated in recent months – and for anyone reading this who has a pair of old specs gathering dust at home, why not drop them off at your nearest store?’

More about the scheme

The specs will now be recycled by the charity and their reusable materials used to help further its mission to improve access to eyecare services overseas.

Vision Aid Overseas works in six African nations to establish vision centres, train healthcare workers and utilise the expertise of volunteers to give people desperately-needed eye examinations and treatment.

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