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Arnold store appeals for unwanted specs ahead of charity trip to Ghana

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Staff at an Arnold store are asking people to donate their used and unwanted specs so they can be handed out to local people in a part of Ghana during a charity trip this October.

The team at the Specsavers branch on Front Street will be waving off two members of staff, Claire Fletcher and Miles Davies, on Friday, October 7 for a ten-day trip to the Ashanti region of Ghana.

All the unwanted specs collected at the store before the trip will be cleaned, assessed for prescription, tagged, re-packaged and then dispensed at clinics in Ghana by the Specsavers volunteers during their stay in the country.

As well as distributing the donated glasses, Claire and Miles will also be providing much-needed optical care to the locals by running clinics to treat eye conditions.

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Claire Fletcher, who is store director at the Arnold branch, is looking forward to taking part in the charity venture.

She said: “It’s a fantastic initiative which we have been working on in partnership with the Ashanti Development for years now.Last time we managed to visit was in 2014, and each trip makes a difference to the quality of life of hundreds of people.

“Not only can we provide them with suitable glasses, we can treat them for other eye conditions or refer them to specialists.

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“We want to encourage anyone who has old and unwanted specs to donate them in store. Our aim is to collect 1,500 pairs to take with us, so please bring in any dusty, out-of-date specs and we will be very willing to take them off your hands.”

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Ashanti Development is a charity which is run solely by volunteers. It was set up at the request of Ghanaians living in London who asked their friends and neighbours for help to improve the lives of the people they left behind in their home villages.

The charity aims to provide remote villages in the Ashanti Region with water and sanitation, healthcare, education and income generating activities. For more information, please visit www.ashanti-development.org/

For more information, visit the Specsavers hearing centre at 37 Front Street, Arnold, NG5 7EA, call 0115 967 0856 or visit http://www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/arnold-hearing-2

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