South Shields has gifted more than 1,000 pairs of glasses to be recycled in support of the Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) charity.

The Specsavers store collected the four-figure sum of used and unwanted specs from customers over the last nine months.

The frames will be sent to the VAO which recovers the precious metals within the frames and uses the income to help deliver vital eyecare services to isolated communities in five African nations, as well as train local eyecare workers.

A word from the store director

Bryan Clark, director of Specsavers in South Shields, says: ‘Our customers have really done us proud and helped us collect a huge number of specs for the charity.

‘We plan to keep collecting so if you’ve got old specs gathering dust at home, come by and see us and drop them into the collection box in the store. Through VAO they can make a real difference in people’s lives.’

Drop by the store at 17-19 King Street, South Shields if you would like to contribute to the appeal.

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