Locals are 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 Newton Aycliffe 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 Newton Aycliffe, 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 Newton Aycliffe 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 Newton Aycliffe at 55 Beveridge Way, Newton Aycliffe, Co. Durham, DL5 4DP.