Specsavers are donating 800 pairs of specs for a charity which helps impoverished people in developing countries.

Specsavers stores in Seaham and Peterlee called on customers to donate unwanted glasses and were delighted when hundreds of people rallied to help.

The donation will be handed over to eye care charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO), which recycles glasses and uses the funds generated to help build vision centres, train local eye care workers and deliver eye care services to remote and isolated communities in five African nations.

A word from store director

Eric Thompson, director of Specsavers in Seaham and Peterlee, said: ‘I am overwhelmed by the support from the local community who have contributed to our VAO collection.

‘Instead of your old specs gathering dust at home, we are encouraging people to please bring them into the store.

‘The glasses, which are recycled, will make a huge difference to the lives of people who do not have access to basic eye care services.’

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