Thousands donate specs

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MORE than 4,000 people living in developing countries will be able to see more clearly thanks to donations of unwanted glasses by Sheffield residents.

The Pinstone Street and Hillsborough branches of Specsavers collected 4,010 pairs of specs during 2010 as part of their Vision Aid Overseas campaign, an international charity dedicated to transforming access to eyecare services in developing countries.

The charity recycles unwanted spectacles in the UK by sending them with teams of optical professionals to the developing world to set up clinics and dish out eyewear.

Gary Bamford, store director at Specsavers in Hillsborough, says: “This is a fantastic achievement and everyone at the store is delighted with the amount of specs we have managed to collect.

“The glasses will really make a difference to so many people in the developing world and for people to have donated more than 4,000 pairs last year is just brilliant. Thank you to everyone who has made a donation.”