Specsavers has been collecting old, unwanted glasses and donating them to Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) which aims to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.

The Chester Le Street store has been urging customers to drop off any glasses which are no longer needed.

A word from the store director 

Jill Thompson, store director at Specsavers in Chester Le Street, says: ‘In Britain, we are used to having access to excellent eye care 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 Chester Le Street 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 Chester Le Street at 66 Front St, Chester-le-Street, Chester le Street DH3 3BD.

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