For a number of years Morpeth Lions Club has been collecting unwanted spectacles that are sent to Lions European sorting centre by way of Chichester Lions Club. At the sorting centre the spectacles are graded and then sent on to clinics in developing countries where they are given to the local people who would otherwise be unable to afford them.
A major source for spectacles is Aaron Optometrists in Ashington. In recognition of their contributions, a Certificate of Appreciation was recently presented to Optometrist Dr Peter Frampton by Lion President Margaret Trewick. In thanking Peter and his team, Margaret emphasised the value of these donations. Peter replied saying ‘It is a wonderful thing that the Lions do this as part of their on-going Sight Programme. Not only is this a great example of recycling, it enhances the quality of life of those receiving the spectacles, who without doubt have experienced many difficulties in their daily lives through not being able to see properly.’
A number of Morpeth businesses and organisations have agreed to be collection points enabling Morpeth Lions Club to continue this valuable work.
The Morpeth collection points are Stait Photography, Newgate Street; Healthhut, Kirkhill; CMDA, Stobhill; Contact Mental Health, Oldgate and Boots the Chemists plus the Gas House Lane and Greystoke Surgeries in the NHS Health Centre.
PHOTOS: (L-R) Morpeth Lion President Margaret Trewick, organising Lion Simon Pringle and Peter Frampton of Aaron Optometrists.
….another box of spectacles ready for sending off.