Specsavers in Sunderland is gifting 4,800 pairs of glasses to be recycled in support of the Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) charity.

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

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

A word from the store director

Andrew Garvey, director of Specsavers in Sunderland, says: ‘We can’t thank our customers enough for their impressive contribution so far.

‘We want to encourage our customers to keep dropping their old specs into our donations box in store, rather than having them gathering dust at home.

'Over the six months we’ve amassed quite a collection which, when recycled, will make a difference in people’s lives.’

Specs can be dropped in to the store at 11 Athenaeum Street, Waterloo Place, SR1 3HP.

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