Ashington residents have been doing their bit for charity by donating unwanted pairs of glasses to people in the developing world.
The town’s Specsavers store has received more than 150 pairs of glasses this year and the donations are still rolling in.
Helping a great cause
The old or unwanted specs are recycled by Vision Aid Overseas, a charity which specialises in providing eyecare for those in poverty-stricken countries around the world.
The money made from recycling the glasses is then used to fund the charity’s work. Since its inception in 1987, the UK-based charity has helped more than one million people in the developing world.
Thank you for the donations
Carly Fitch of Specsavers in Ashington says: ‘We would really like to thank the public for being so generous with their donations.
‘Vision Aid Overseas is a fantastic organisation and we would love to continue to support the charity with the help of the community. We would like to encourage anyone with old glasses to drop them off at our in-store collection point.’
Vision Aid Overseas works in Africa to transform access to eyecare services and is part of the Vision 2020 initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. Since 2003 Specsavers stores have collected and recycled more than a quarter of a million glasses for the charity, and have raised over £550,000.