Lions Clubs have been collecting unwanted spectacles and hearing aids for many years and, with the help of the local opticians and doctors surgeries. Guildford Lions Club is involved too. The unwanted spectacles are taken to a depot organised by Chichester Lions Club who also receive spectacles from other Lions Clubs around the south of England.
They are sorted and then shipped to Medico France, Le Havre, who grade them and send them on to Third World countries where they can transform the lives of people and enable them to be educated, work and have productive lives. Similarly unwanted hearing aids can be recycled.
We have Lions collecting bins at the following locations:
VisionExpress, High Street, Guildford
Boots Opticians, Swan Lane, Guildford
Nicklins Opticians, High Street, Guildford
Zero Carbon, Friary Street, Guildford
DEBRA charity shop, Epsom Road, Merrow, Guildford
i-Spy Opticians, High Street, Godalming
SpecSavers, High Street, Godalming
Vision Express, High Street, Godalming
Boots Opticians, High Street, Godalming
VisionExpress, 4 Causewayside, High Street, Haslemere.
With another Lions Club sorting depot in Birmingham over 1,000,000 unwanted spectacles have been handled in the last six months (Nov 2022).
Note: We cannot recycle spectacle cases or sunglasses please dispose of them in your usual rubbish.
Please use this link for more details on what happens to your old spectacles
Your unused and unwanted spectacles can transform a life. Please give them to the Lions so they can be used to help communities in need.