17.03.2009

Charity glasses appeal could hit 2,000

Charity glasses appeal could hit 2,000

By Alexa Kaczka

A charity mission seeking donations of spectacles for people in Africa hopes to find over 2,000 pairs.

The Royal Bolton Hospital has already received almost 1,500 pairs for the mission, the Bolton News reports.

Sylvia Smith, the hospital worker who has been organising the drive, predicted that donations of spectacles will exceed 2,000 and praised local residents for their kindness.

The mission will see hospital optometrist Paddy Gunn, who also works at Manchester University, go to Ghana in the summer along with volunteers and nurses to check people"s eyes and find glasses for them.

It is a Unite for Sight project, but any leftover spectacles will be donated to Vision Aid.

Recently, the County Durham Foundation gave almost £500 for a six-year-old girl to have specialist light therapy to help restore her sight.

Local paper the Journal reported how Ellie Henry lost much of her sight and developed cerebral palsy following a meningitis attack when she was a baby.

Now she has her first pair of glasses and her sight is returning.

by Emily Tait


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