A vision for donations

Staff at Specsavers Ashington with some of the donated glasses.
Staff at Specsavers Ashington with some of the donated glasses.
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Hundreds of unwanted glasses have been donated to a south east Northumberland optician to help people in the developing world.

Specsavers in Ashington has received more than 1,000 pairs of glasses over the last 12 months.

The old or unwanted specs are recycled by Vision Aid Overseas, a charity which specialises in providing eyecare for those in poverty-stricken countries around the world.

Darren Walker, director of Specsavers in Ashington, said: “We would really like to thank the people in Ashington for being so generous with their donations.

“Vision Aid Overseas is a fantastic organisation and we would love to continue to support the charity with the help of the community.

“We would like to encourage anyone with old glasses to drop them off at our in-store collection point.”

Vision Aid Overseas works in Africa to transform access to eyecare services and is part of the Vision 2020 initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020.