Spectacular spectacles

Dikki Finn, manager at Specsavers, with handfulls of glasses to be donated to third world countries''w111506   Picture: Ceri Oakes
Dikki Finn, manager at Specsavers, with handfulls of glasses to be donated to third world countries''w111506 Picture: Ceri Oakes

MORE than 600 people living in developing countries will be able to see more clearly thanks to Whitby residents.

The Specsavers store in New Quay Road has gathered donations of unwanted glasses as part of Vision Aid Overseas, a nationwide project that recycles old glasses for use in poorer countries.

Dikki Finn, store director at Whitby Specsavers, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and everyone at the store is really pleased with the amount of specs we have managed to collect.

“The glasses will make a huge difference to so many people in the developing world and for people to have donated more than 600 pairs last year is just brilliant.

“Thank you to everyone who has made a donation and helped us to reach this target.”

Vision Aid Overseas is an international charity that recycles unwanted spectacles in the UK by sending them with teams of optical professionals to the developing world, who set up clinics, screen large numbers of patients and provide appropriate eyewear.

Specsavers continues to support the charity and any old or unwanted glasses can be donated to the store on New Quay Road.

For more information about Vision Aid Overseas visit www.vao.org.uk.