A LOCAL opticians is urging its customers to show compassion and donate their old and unwanted glasses to less fortunate people overseas.
Pocklington Specsavers is renewing its appeal to support Vision Aid Overseas by asking customers to call into store and drop off their unwanted, spare frames into special collection bins.
Those glasses are then recycled and delivered to people suffering from poor eyesight in the developing world.
The international charity, Vision Aid Overseas, helps people in developing countries whose lives are blighted by poor eyesight.
In total, the charity estimates that some 670 million people are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of glasses.
To help address the problem in countries such as India, Ghana and Zambia, Specsavers has worked closely with the charity over the last nine years and is continuing to do so.
So far it has raised more than £370,000 and has collected over 250,000 pairs of glasses.
Robert Winlow, store director at Pocklington Specsavers said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers for their generous donations so far.
“Last year, we collected more than 2,000 pairs of specs in our store and this year we’d love to beat that total.
“It couldn’t be easier to support this worthy cause, simply call in to the store and add your unwanted frames to our collection bins.’