A spec-tacular effort in Midhurst to help people see clearly

Off to the third World - Stan and Bernie King, with Eric Stratford (middle) and Chrissie Begley (right), helping to sort out the unwanted glasses.''C120632-1 Mid Glasses  Photo Louise Adams
Off to the third World - Stan and Bernie King, with Eric Stratford (middle) and Chrissie Begley (right), helping to sort out the unwanted glasses.''C120632-1 Mid Glasses Photo Louise Adams
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They didn’t mean to make a spectacle of themselves but Midhurst Lions Eric Stratford, Bernie and Stan King, Chrissie Begley and Pam Hancock just couldn’t help themselves.

They have been sorting specs for more than a decade and reckon they have inspected an incredible three millions pairs.

“We have been doing it for 14 years in some shape or form,” explained Eric. “We weed out all the broken pairs and remove any bi-focals as they have specific prescriptions, and then they go to third world countries such as India, Africa and Eastern Europe.”

There they make an instant life changing difference to people who have not been able to see clearly sometimes for many years.

For half the year, the team who meet every Wednesday at the Grange Centre, get their supplies from over the county border at Petersfield where the Lions group there co-ordinate Spek-trek collecting pairs of glasses from all over Hampshire and the central southern area of England.

“They send us some 116,000 pairs every year,” said Eric. “And when those are sorted, for the other half of the year we work in conjunction with Chichester Lions Club who get their specs from all over the UK and from Ireland.

For full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer May 17