THE importance of sight is something that Lions Clubs have long taken seriously. As far back as 1930 Lions Clubs International introduced the now familiar white cane as a symbol of the blind and visibly impaired and in 1952 the charitable group became inv

THE importance of sight is something that Lions Clubs have long taken seriously.As far back as 1930 Lions Clubs International introduced the now familiar white cane as a symbol of the blind and visibly impaired and in 1952 the charitable group became involved in a challenge to become "the knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."In their latest campaign locally the Lions Clubs of Bideford and Barnstaple are employing one of the simplest means of helping people with eye problems by collecting unwanted spectacles that can be cleaned, sorted and sent out to make a difference in developing countries.Unwanted hearing aids are being collected, too.Collections points have been set up in the Bideford area at: The Wooda Surgery, East-the-Water; Northam Surgery; Co-op Stores, Clovelly Road; Bideford Library; the Cancer Shop, Westward Ho!; and the Volunteer Bureau, Bridgeland Street. In Barnstaple there are collection bins at: Litchdon Surgery; Boots Opticians, High Street; and Queen Street Surgery.Local Lions Clubs will also accept spectacles in any area.