Specsavers in Motherwell is urging people to donate their old, unwanted glasses to a cause which aims to improve the eye health of people in the developing world.

The Brandon Parade South store collected more than 500 pairs of glasses for Vision Aid Overseas in 2016 – and hopes that with help from generous customers, it can double the number donated to reach 1000 before the end of this year.

Customers can get involved in the appeal by dropping old frames into the store’s collection box, which will then be sent to the charity.

A word from our store director

Store director Ian Moss said: ‘We’re very pleased with the number of frames we collected last year and we would really like to make it to the 1000-mark before the end of 2017.

‘There must be hundreds of spare specs lying around homes that are no longer of use to their owners. It would be fantastic if these frames could go to the charity to help people in the developing world.

‘We have easy access to excellent eyecare but many people in the developing world find it very difficult to access even the most basic facilities. It’s important that we do what we can to improve eyecare and eye health in these parts of the world.’

Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade and is continuing to do so. In this time, the opticians has raised more than £800,000 and has collected in excess of 250,000 pairs of glasses.

Unwanted 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 local optometrists.

For more information about Vision Aid Overseas, visit www.vao.org.uk

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