Specsavers opticians in South Shields have collected more than 2,000 pairs of used and unwanted glasses from the community to help improve access to eyecare services in developing nations.
The team encouraged local residents to donate to the scheme in aid of international sight charity Vision Aid Overseas, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
A word from the director
Bryan Clark, store director of Specsavers in South Shields, said: ‘We’ve been blown away by the response from residents. It’s wonderful that the sale of the reusable materials from these glasses will help create a positive effect on the lives of people less fortunate.’
Vision Aid Overseas works in six African nations to establish vision centres, train healthcare workers and utilise the expertise of volunteers to give people desperately-needed eye examinations and treatment.
Bryan added: ‘We’re going to carry on the collection as we know many more people may still have an old or unwanted pair of specs at home. Why not pop into store and put them to good use by donating them to Vision Aid Overseas?’