Keeping eye on donations

A member of staff at Specsavers with some of the donated glasses.
A member of staff at Specsavers with some of the donated glasses.

Thousands of pairs of unwanted glasses have been donated to help improve access to eyecare services in developing nations.

The team at Specsavers in North Shields asked residents to donate used and unwanted glasses to support the charity Vision Aid Overseas, and received more than 4,000 pairs.

Bryan Clark, store director of Specsavers in North 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.”

“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?’

To donate your old glasses, or to book an eye examination, visit the store at The Beacon Centre, call (0191) 258 8220 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/northshields