Customers at a Seaham opticians have donated thousands of pairs of unwanted glasses to charity in 2016.

Since the end of the summer, customers of Specsavers in Byron Place Shopping Centre have donated over 2,000 pairs of old specs to the charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO). While some pairs were scratched, bent out of shape or simply no longer in fashion, they were still perfect for VAO, which recycles the specs and helps people in some of the world’s poorest communities to see clearly.

VAO’s work includes giving people eye tests and treatment, and supplying much-needed glasses and training local optometrists.

A word from the store director

Store director at Specsavers in Seaham, Eric Thompson said: ‘We have been overwhelmed by the number of pairs of glasses we have collected in such a short space of time – the generosity and community spirit amongst our customers is wonderful. As we had collected 1,000 pairs earlier in the year we were really surprised to find another bumper box full, especially during the run up to Christmas when people are so busy.

‘We would like to say a really big thank you to everyone - their donations really do make a difference and help make eyecare accessible for people in developing countries.’

To find out more about VAO or to donate our old glasses please visit the store. 

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