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Spec-saving exercise at plant centre

PUBLISHED: 19:08 15 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:07 03 March 2010

NOTCUTTS customers are getting used to leaving their

specs behind when they leave - but they do it in the name of a good cause.

The garden centre in Ipswich Road, Woodbridge is finding that its campaign to help people in the third world by collecting old and unwanted pairs of glasses is getting a wide-eyed and enthusiastic look the public.

NOTCUTTS customers are getting used to leaving their

specs behind when they leave – but they do it in the name of a good cause.

The garden centre in Ipswich Road, Woodbridge is finding that its campaign to help people in the third world by collecting old and unwanted pairs of glasses is getting a wide-eyed and enthusiastic look the public.

The campaign, which runs until the end of June, is being run in conjunction with Vision Aid Overseas 'Helping The World To See'.

Notcutts is therefore urging people to take one last look around to see if there are any unwanted spectacles that they can donate to help others. In return, the centre is giving 10 per cent off plant vouchers to anyone who brings their old specs to them.

"Everyone who wears glasses knows how important they are to everyday life," says Tym Marsh, chief executive of Vision Aid Overseas.

"Old spectacles can really help others in less developed countries to share the benefits of better sight."

Nick Bugden, garden centre manager, added: "Everyone has been enthusiastic about the campaign and with the Notcutts' Hampton Court exhibit featuring the sensory garden, a campaign associated with one of the senses is very apt.

"If you wear glasses that allow you to enjoy the beauties of nature why not give Notcutts your old pair for us to give to people in other countries for them to enjoy the beauty that surrounds them."

There are special receptacles for spectacles in the garden centres for

customers to deposit their glasses in. The money off plant vouchers must be

used by June 30.

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