Durham 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 300 pairs of glasses in the last month and the donations are still rolling in.

300 pairs of specs will help poverty-stricken countries
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.

Andrew Craig, store director for Specsavers in Durham said: ‘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.’

As part of its work with Vision Aid Overseas, Specsavers has made a significant commitment to improving eyecare provision in Zambia. Previously there had been very limited provision for the one in four Zambians who desperately require it, with just a handful of qualified optometrists serving the 12million population.

Specsavers has set a target to fund vision centres in the country’s eight further provinces, with four of these now open.

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