Old specs give new life to poor

A DEDICATED group of fundraisers want to thank Comet readers on World Sight Day for their generosity in helping those with poor eyesight regain their vision. Today (Thursday) is dedicated to eradicating poor eyesight in the developing world and many of y

A DEDICATED group of fundraisers want to thank Comet readers on World Sight Day for their generosity in helping those with poor eyesight regain their vision.

Today (Thursday) is dedicated to eradicating poor eyesight in the developing world and many of you have helped by donating your unwanted spectacles to Hitchin Lions.

The community action group appealed to readers to donate their old specs, and the response has been overwhelming - with nearly 500 pairs sent in to the Hitchin Initiative office, which has been collecting them on the Lions behalf.

Hitchin Lion Lesley Davies said: "There has been an excellent response from Comet readers. As a result, unwanted spectacles have poured in. We will continue to collect specs aided by the invaluable support of town centre manager Keith Hoskins and Comet readers."


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Liz Lowther, Lions services and welfare co-ordinator, said: "The specs will be sent to France, to a small charity Medico-France, to be graded and sent on to sight projects in Asia and Africa."

If you have a pair of old specs you know longer need, drop them into the Hitchin Initiative office in Churchyard.

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