Specsavers in South Shields received 300 pairs of unwanted specs from staff at a local funeral directors for charity.

Workers at the Co-operative Funeralcare gave the glasses to the store for Vision Aid Oversees (VAO). The charity 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.

VAO takes donated specs and recycles them in an environmentally-friendly way, and income generated from recycling is used to support its programmes overseas.

A word from Co-operative Funeralcare 
Dawn Noble-Battersby, care centre manager at Co-operative Funeralcare in South Shields, said: ‘We are always looking for ways to get involved with the community and we thought this was a brilliant cause.

‘A lot of our staff wear glasses so we asked them and their families to bring in any old and unwanted pairs for donation to Specsavers for VAO.’

A word from the store director
Bryan Clark, store director of Specsavers in South Shields, says: ‘We would like to express our thanks for this very generous donation. It’s wonderful that the sale of the reusable materials from these glasses will help create a positive effect on the lives of people less fortunate.

‘We plan to carry on collecting as we know many more people may still have an old or unwanted pair of specs at home. If you have an old pair of glasses you no longer use, why not pop into store and put them to good use by donating them to Vision Aid Overseas?’

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