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Lincolnshire school children help give the gift of sight

Hundreds of pupils from twelve primary schools in Lincolnshire are hoping to give the gift of sight to children in developing countries by collecting old and unwanted glasses for an International charity which recycles them.

The appeal, which is being led by Lunettes Opticians in Sleaford, Grantham and Ruskington will involve children from local schools collecting the glasses on behalf of Vision Aid Overseas which has helped over 13 million children and adults in developing countries to see.

Vison Aid Overseas is dedicated to transforming access to eye care services to enable children and adults to gain a valuable education, which in turn helps in the fight against poverty. Ten per cent of the world's population - 670 million people are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of glasses.

Schools taking part in the Lunettes Appeal include Ancaster CoE Primary School, Welbourn CoE Primary School, Caythorpe Primary School, Colsterworth CoE Primary School, Little Gonerby CoE Infant School, St Anne's CoE Primary School, Cranwell Primary School, Ruskington Chestnut Street CoE Primary School, Winchelsea Primary School, St Sebastian’s CoE Primary School, Allington with Sedgebrook Primary School and Borrowby CoE Primary School.

Tushar Majithia, Managing Director of Lunettes Opticians, who is spearheading the campaign, said: “We carried out this campaign last year which was hugely successful and beneficial all round. The children learnt the importance of eye health and recycling. We collected over five hundred glasses which can now be used to help people who desperately need eye care, and as a local business we forged a stronger relationship within our community by teaming up with schools and getting teachers, children, parents and grandparents involved.

We hope that we can collect even more glasses this year and also invite anyone who has any old or unwanted glasses to drop them in to a Lunettes Opticians nearest to them to help with our campaign.”

As part of the campaign, optometrists and staff from Lunettes Opticians also attended schools to discuss the importance of eye health with pupils as part of World Sight Day on 12 October.

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