A vision of success

People in Africa, India and Eastern Europe will have a brighter vision of the future thanks to the efforts of a Haverhill opticians.

Wardale Williams, in Camps Road, has collected nearly 100 pairs of prescription glasses since April which have been sent overseas by the Lions Club in the UK and Ireland.

The company collected the spectacles by offering its patients £40 discounts on new glasses if old ones were donated.

Haverhill manager Emma Mobbs said: “We are proud our commitment to this cause has been so successful. To collect 94 pairs of spectacles in such a short time period is quite some achievement.

“We are delighted these glasses will be helping people who do not have access to health and eye care services which many of us have come to take for granted in this country.

“Most of the glasses returned are of a very high quality, so they will really make a difference to the lives of so many people.”

She said all the glasses collected from Haverhill and other branches of the opticians chain had been sorted by optician volunteers so recipients received the right prescription pair. Pictured are assistant Kellie Dowsett, left, with Margaret Conway of the Lions Club.