Newton Aycliffe 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 400 pairs of glasses this year and the donations are still rolling in from accross County Durham.

Generous donations for 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 help people in the developing world.

Fiona Curtis, director of Specsavers in Newton Aycliffe said: ‘We would like to encourage anyone with old glasses to drop them off at our in-store collection point.’

In the last ten years, Specsavers staff have collected and recycled more than a quarter of a million glasses for the charity, and raised £550,000 for Vision Aid Overseas.

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