On the look out for specs

The region’s biggest bus company, National Express West Midlands, is asking customers and the thousands of people who pass their local travel shops to help them collect old specs for charity.

Glasses are being collected in National Express West Midlands travel shops in Walsall, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Solihull, Birmingham Pallasades and Dudley.

National Express West Midlands 5,500 staff are also getting involved, with collections taking place in the operators ten depots across the region.

Glasses left in the operators lost property for over month will also be donated. It is estimated that over 500 pairs of glasses are left behind on National Express West Midlands buses each year and the majority of them remain unclaimed and unwanted.

Brigitte Waterfield, Office Manager for the Lions Clubs HQ in Birmingham explains: “The glasses collected by National Express West Midlands staff and through their travel shops will benefit people across Africa, India and South America. They will help to improve the sight of people in developing countries and help them to regain their independence.”

The spectacles are graded, sorted, cleaned and polished, before being distributed and adjusted to meet the specific needs of the recipient.

Linda Brian, Lost Property Manager, National Express West Midlands said: “So, if you’ve got any unwanted spectacles lying around in the office or at home, why not pass them on to us so that we can put them to good use. Send them to Glasses Appeal, National Express West Midlands, Birmingham Central Bus Depot, Liverpool St, Bordesley, Birmingham, B9 4DS or hand them in at your local travel shop.

Photo shows Linda Brian, Lost Property Manager at National Express West Midlands with glasses donated by staff.

Published 17th June 2013