College has specs appeal

Pictured(left to right) with glasses donated to the fundraising appeal at Hartlepool College of Further Education are student Liam Hind, Ian Walker of Specsavers, student Bethany Gamble, Brian Barnes of Hartlepool College of Further Education, student Jordan Digby and Ross Hutcheson(cor) of Specsavers.
Pictured(left to right) with glasses donated to the fundraising appeal at Hartlepool College of Further Education are student Liam Hind, Ian Walker of Specsavers, student Bethany Gamble, Brian Barnes of Hartlepool College of Further Education, student Jordan Digby and Ross Hutcheson(cor) of Specsavers.

CHARITABLE college staff are urging people to hand in their old glasses in memory of people affected by the Holocaust and genocide.

Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street, is asking spectacle-wearers to donate their old glasses, regardless of the condition, to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day later this month.

The collection of specs, which already amounts to over 40 pairs, will be cleaned, repaired and sent to the third world and given to people there with vision problems.

Brian Barnes, who works for the college-based RESPECT group which has organised the event on Friday, January 27, said: “We’re collecting glasses to remember all those people throughout the world who have died, or been persecuted in wars or conflicts after and including the Holocaust.

“Once the day is over, in partnership with Specsavers, we’ll donate all the glasses to Vision Aid Overseas, get them cleaned up and then give them to those in the third world with vision troubles.”

He added: “It’s just to make people think a little bit about our history and what has gone on in the world, and also help someone on the other side of the world in getting them a pair of glasses to help their everyday life.

“We’ve got just over 40 pairs already and we’d like to be able to collect a lot more. We’ll take them in any condition, whether the lenses are missing or scratched or whatever.”

Brian said the glasses will be displayed in the college and programmes about the Holocaust will be played on the college screens, and in its conference suite, throughout the day.

If you would like to donate any old spectacles, take them along to the college reception and they will be added to the collection.

Alternatively post them to: RESPECT team, Holocaust Memorial Day 2012, Hartlepool College of Further Education, Stockton Street, Hartlepool, TS24 7NT.