Kind-hearted visitors to a Stranraer day centre donated unwanted specs to a cause which is helping to improve the eye health of people in the developing world.

Carl Burton, Tommy Lochead and John Taylor from the Thorney Croft day centre in Sycamore Way visited the Specsavers George Street store to drop off their old glasses to the Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) appeal.

The trio arrived with almost 30 pairs of specs which were collected by optical assistant Lauren Fowles.

Making a difference

Specsavers Stranraer store director Elaine Hawthorn said: ‘It means so much to know that Carl, Tommy and John have taken the time to gather the unwanted glasses and drop them off to us for VAO. It’s very kind of them and will make a real difference to the charity.

‘There must be hundreds of pairs of old specs lying around homes all over the town. We’ve sent away hundreds of pairs so far this year – thank you so much to everyone who has donated.’

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.

Much-needed treatment

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.

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