Corby Lions collect their 100,000th pair of glasses to help needy

Lions Club members Colin Bradshaw, Dan McDonald, Chris Godbold and Mike Garlick with some of the boxes of spectacles ready for shipping

Lions Club members Colin Bradshaw, Dan McDonald, Chris Godbold and Mike Garlick with some of the boxes of spectacles ready for shipping

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Corby and District Lions Club has collected its 100,000th pair of glasses to help improve the sight of people in developing countries.

Members started collecting glasses 15 years ago for Eye Camps and other vision-related projects in the Third World.

The glasses were collected from opticians in Corby, Kettering and Market Harborough and were sent to the Lions Club in Chichester.

After being sorted, cleaned and graded they were sent to projects around the world.

Lions Club member Colin Bradshaw, who did most of the collecting from local opticians, said: “We are proud to have collected so many spectacles for further use.

“It shows how Lions Clubs can put together a plan to help people in need throughout the world. I would like to thank Eye to Eye, Joseph’s, ASDA and Tesco opticians in Corby, as well as local branches of Specsavers and Parcelforce, and of course the people who donated their old spectacles. Without their help this would have been much more difficult to achieve.”

Spectacle frames with gold content are separated from the rest and the gold is removed and sold, with the proceeds used by Lions to support overseas eye projects.