Donation to give the gift of sight

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Under-privileged people on the other side of the world will have an improved vision of the future thanks to the efforts of a Sudbury opticians.

Wardale Williams, in Gainsborough Street, has collected more than 130 pairs of spectacles, which will be sent to people with sight problems in Africa, India and Eastern Europe.

The company collected the spectacles by offering its patients discounts on new glasses if old ones were returned.

The glasses, all of which have been collected since April, were also collected at the company’s other practices, including its branch in Halstead

Amanda Skinner, Sudbury practice manager, said: “We are proud our commitment to this cause has been so successful.

“To collect more than 130 pairs of spectacles in such a short time period is quite some achievement. We are delighted these glasses will be helping under-privileged people overseas who simply do not have access to health and eye care services which many of us have come to take for granted in this country.”

Mrs Skinner said she would like to thank all the patients who contributed to the scheme.

“Most of the glasses returned are of a very high quality so they will really make a difference to the lives of so many people,” she said.

The glasses have now been handed over to the Lions Clubs of the British Isles and Ireland’s spectacle recycling initiative, which was launched in 1967. It sorts and redistributes more than 300,000 glasses..

The project also raises financial support for eye-related projects by recycling scrap metal from spectacles that are broken.

Mandy Broadbent, from the Lions Club, applauded the “outstanding effort” of staff and patients.