Specsavers is donating 1,250 pairs of glasses to disadvantaged people living in developing countries.

The team from Specsavers in Gateshead collected the four-figure sum of unwanted specs from customers this year.

Charity Work

Eye care charity, Vision Aid Overseas (VAO), recycles the donated glasses and uses the funds to help build new vision centres, train local workers and deliver eye care services to isolated communities across Africa.

A word from the director

Bernadette Glackin, director of Specsavers in Gateshead, says: ‘I am overwhelmed by the support from the local community who have contributed to our VAO collection.

‘Not a day goes by without customers dropping instore to donate unwanted specs, it’s a great cause and we can’t encourage people in Gateshead enough – it saves them having them from gathering dust at home.

‘Over the years we’ve amassed quite a collection which, when recycled, will make a real difference in the lives of people who don’t yet have access to basic eye care services.’ Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas over the last decade.

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