800 pairs of glasses donated in last year

Opthalmic Dispensig Assistant Catie Morris with huge haul of specs
Opthalmic Dispensig Assistant Catie Morris with huge haul of specs

A LOCAL optician has thanked customers for donating almost 800 pairs of old or unwanted glasses to people in developing countries over the past year.

Specsavers in Castle Street was proud to hand over the huge haul, collected over the past 12 months, to charity partner Vision Aid Overseas.

The charity recycles old pairs of glasses which generate money to support those struggling with poor sight in poverty-stricken countries.

Blair Michie, the store director at Specsavers Forfar, said: “I am really overwhelmed by the response from the people of Forfar and I am delighted with the number of glasses we have collected.

“Here in Scotland we take the availability of a local optician for granted, however in some of the areas where VAO operates there is only one optometrist for every three million people, which shows why the charity’s work is so vital.”

“I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to our customers and the wider community for their generosity.”

Specsavers is a long-standing supporter of Vision Aid Overseas with more than 250,000 pairs of glasses being donated in the last eight years.

To find out about recycling your old glasses and for more information about the charity visit www.visionaidoverseas.org