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Recycle Lions FREE Collection

ParcelForce provide Lions Clubs with a FREE account for deliveries of spectacles or Hearing Aids etc. to: 

Chichester Lions Club 

Please note the following instructions:

1. Pack spectacles or Hearing Aids in a stout box roughly the size of a 12 bottle wine case;

enclose a slip with your name and Club;


   2. Write on Label 'Articles for the blind' OR 'Hearing equipment for Hastings'

Contact ParcelForce  

 08448004466 Quote Reference  R233259

3. Address clearly for Chichester: Chichester Lions Club  

           c/o The Apuldram Centre, Common Farm, Apuldram Lane South,

            Chichester, West Sussex PO20 7PE

4. We suggest that you put a note inside saying who you are and when Chichester sends the item    along they will be able to acknowledge receipt.


Used HEARING AIDS are required for recycling and these can be forwarded through the same Chichester Lions route and don’t need to be packed separately.

In 2009 around 4,500 hearing aids were sent to various places in the world, 800 of them direct from Frankland prison to organisations we know.

As far as can be calculated Lions Clubs and private donors sent us over 75,000 hearing aids, which were sorted and sent to our friends in Frankland Prison.

To qualify these facts it is true to say that the majority of the aids will not be repairable (but can be used for spares) and we are getting more obsolete digital hearing aids, which we are not able yet to have serviced. The repair of digital aids is the challenge of 2010 and we are working on the problem. We believe the prison has the hardware but it is a question of obtaining the software and peripherals. But we are Lions, so nothing is impossible! The bottom line is that the inmates will not run out of work for a few years.

The number of hearing aids from Scotland has rocketed thanks to the efforts of PDGs Bill Fraser, Hugh Kershaw and Robert Smyth, who is an audiologist at the Gartnavel General Hospital in Glasgow.

Please, can we request that during 2010 your Club will contact your local NHS Audiology Dept. and enquire if they have any old hearing aids and/or equipment which we can use via our Lions Recycle Programme.

Chichester Lions are receiving used spectacles from Lions Clubs throughout the British Isles, as well as from opticians and supermarket sources. Spectacles are sorted and graded in preparation for onward transmission to Medico France in Le Havre, who clean and grade the spectacles, ready for use in eye camps in Africa, India and Eastern Europe.

Chichester Lions Club have recently developed, with the help of the Inside Out Trust, facilities for grading spectacles in the United Kingdom and have shipped directly to Ghana, Papua New Guinea, Nepal and recently to Nigeria. In each case, the glasses are sent directly to known or Lions Club contacts. They have also developed contacts with individuals and charities based in the British Isles who are carrying out eye-camp projects overseas, who are able to use spectacles that Chichester Lions Club are recycling and supplying to them.

Last year they sent over 300,000 pairs of spectacles to Medico France. Through Chichester Lions Club the British Isles & Irish Lions Clubs provide more than 50% of the spectacles processed by Medico France - more than any other national group.

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