A DROITWICH Spa opticians is appealing for people to donate their unwanted specs in a bid to help improve eyecare in developing countries.

Specsavers at St Andrews Square is collecting old glasses on behalf of the charity Vision Aid Overseas (VAO). Collected glasses will be sent to the charity which raises funds by recycling the glasses in an environmentally-friendly way.

“This is such a simple initiative, but one that can make such a difference,” said Emma Singh, store director.

“Most of us specs wearers change our glasses every few years, so there’s often a pair in a drawer somewhere with an old prescription that we don’t need. We’d encourage people to ensure they pop these pairs into us – they really can help make a difference to people who don’t have access to the same standards of eyecare as we do.”

Vision Aid Overseas is an international charity dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eyecare in developing countries. 670 million people - 10 per cent of the world's population - are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of glasses.

Specsavers in Droitwich is open seven days a week and offers a new late night opening on Wednesday until 7pm. To drop in your unwanted specs, visit the store or call 01905 790660 or visit specsavers.co.uk/droitwich