Working in partnership with Specsavers Opticians in Warwick Road, Kenilworth Lions are celebrating another amazing year for the local spectacles recycling scheme. A total of 2,805 pairs of spectacles were donated during the last 12months. Hearing aids are also collected via the scheme. Lions member Henry Woodgate has been running the scheme locally for the last 16 years, and is very grateful to the wonderful support that the team at Specsavers Kenilworth give him, acting as the town centre collection point for donated spectacles.The spectacles recycling scheme was started in the UK by Chichester Lions Club nearly forty years ago, and now involves Lions Clubs across the country. Donated spectacles are consolidated and sorted in Chichester and sent to Medico France in Le Havre, where they are cleaned and graded ready for use in eye camps in Africa, India and Eastern Europe. Every year over 300,000pairs of spectacles are sent to Medico France.
Redditch Lions Club regularly collect unwanted spectacles from local opticians in and around Redditch. All the usable spectacles are boxed up and sent to Chichester Lions where they are expertly sorted before being shipped to Medico France in Le Havre. Here, they are optically graded and refurbished prior to distribution to clinics and eye camps.
Redditch Lions Club holds regular sorting sessions. This year, the Club have already collected, packed and despatched more than 500 pairs of spectacles.