Street collection raises £872

Morpeth Lions President Geoff Bushell and Mayor Joan Tebbutt inspecting some 500 spectacles donated during the club's collection day.
Morpeth Lions President Geoff Bushell and Mayor Joan Tebbutt inspecting some 500 spectacles donated during the club's collection day.
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Morpeth Lions Club

ON Saturday, October 5, Morpeth Lions Club held its annual street collection.

This year there were two elements to the collection as the Lions collected cash, donations and also previously loved spectacles.

The collection date this year coincided with Lions Club International World Sight Day. In view of this, the Lions decided the cash collection would be in support of three local sight related organisations — Northumberland County Blind Association, Morpeth Partially Sighted (MAPS) and Morpeth Talking Newspaper (MTN). The club has had long associations with these groups and has in-depth knowledge of the fantastic work they do in the area.

Several Lions Clubs in the UK are recycling old spectacles, which are firstly sorted and refurbished, before being sent to a collection point in France for lens identification prior to shipment to developing countries. This helps bring sight to thousands who cannot normally obtain spectacles and can be life changing for those in need.

The Lions ‘Spectacle Amnesty’ was a huge success, with almost 500 pairs of spectacles being donated at the collection point in Sanderson Arcade.

In addition to the spectacles, a total of £872 was collected during the Morpeth Street Collection.

Lion President Geoff Bushell said: “For 100 years Lions Clubs have undertaken projects worldwide to prevent blindness and restore and improve vision. As part of these initiatives, over 8 million cataract operations have been carried out and eye care centres have been established in many countries.”

Morpeth Lions are indebted to Medi Parry, Manger of Sanderson Arcade, for facilitating the collection venue.

Once again residents of Morpeth have come up trumps and given generously to help us to give financial support to local organisations working with the blind and partially sighted, as well as donating old spectacles to people in developing countries.

Anyone still wishing to donate spectacles can do at a collection point in Stait Photography.