Recycling Spectacles

John Whitehouse Uncategorized

Lion Henry Woodgate with Specsavers Kenilworth assistant Lois Carsley

Kenilworth Lions, working in partnership with Specsavers Opticians in Warwick Road, Kenilworth, are celebrating another amazing year for the local spectacles recycling scheme. A total of 2,805 pairs of spectacles were donated during the last 12 months. 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 300,000 pairs of spectacles are sent to Medico France. For more details see http://chilions.org.uk/specs.htm.

So, if you have old pairs of spectacles lying about the house, which are no longer used, please take them into Specsavers Kenilworth next time you are in the town centre, and deposit them in our special collection tub. What better way to help somebody elsewhere in the world who really needs them?