The Morpeth community is 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.

The Morpeth store has donated an estimated 834 pairs of specs in the past six months with the help of locals.

Improving eye health in developing countries
Ronnie Turner, manager at Specsavers in Morpeth, said: ‘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 Morpeth have already helped us to donate a fantastic number of frames in the past six months. It would be fantastic to collect even more this year.’ 

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.

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