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Leatherhead has specs appeal

Date: 03 October 2013
The people of Leatherhead, Fetcham and Bookham came together for a different kind of harvest this year - handing in old specs to fund vision centres in Africa.

Over 600 unused pairs of glasses were handed into collection points around the town and surrounding area, including at local churches, opticians, and workplaces.

The glasses will be recycled by Vision Aid Overseas to fund work fighting poverty by improving access to eye care in eight African countries.

Specs Appeal coordinator Peter Steadman said; “Our parish magazine is called For Church and Town - and this campaign has lived up to that name.

“Over 200 pairs were collected at Leatherhead Parish Church and were blessed during the Harvest Festival service.

“The Methodist Church donated another 55, and the town's two independent opticians received 244 between them. Adding in collections by the Catholic and URC churches, and in other places around Leatherhead, Bookham and Fetcham the total passed the 600 mark.”

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