Saving Sight

What to do with your old spectacles

We can do great things with your old spectacles, damaged or not, with or without cases. All you need to do is drop them off at any of the following places:

BAWTRY   Community Library,Doncaster Road
HARWORTH   Medical Centre, Scrooby Road  -  Bircotes Community Library, Scrooby Road  -  Serlby Park Academy School, White House Road
ROSSINGTON   The Practice, Grange Lane  -  West End Clinic, West End Lane  -  Holmescarr Enterprise Centre, Grange Lane
TICKHILL   Community Library, Market Place  -  Tickhill Surgery, 25, St Mary's Road  -  Tickhill Parish Room, North Gate

How it all began

Chichester Lions Club began collecting old glasses for recycling back in 1967. The initiative really took off in 1980 and gradually other Lions Clubs started feeding their recycled spectacles through Chichester. So in 1985, a link was established with Le Havre Lions and Medico France. Over the following five years some 100,000 specs, 43,000 lenses, and 10,000 frames were sent to Medico France.

In 1988, another outlet was established through Vision Aid Overseas, and in 1990, a national campaign with Boots the Chemist and Help The Aged produced 460,000 pairs of specs in six months. Once sorted they went to places such as Cameroon, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka, India, Zanzibar, Jamaica, Bolivia, and Brazil.

Every year over 300,000 pairs of spectacles are sent to Medico France. Indeed, donations by UK Lions Clubs, recycled through Chichester, account for more than half of the total number of the spectacles processed by Medico France.

Help for local sight-related projects

Scrap metal salvaged from broken and unsuitable spectacles raises funds that support the sorting operation and enable Chichester Lions Club to give financial support to eye-related projects in the UK and overseas.

Since the project began over £675k has been generated from recycled materials with over £486k donated to sight related charitable causes.

As the spectacle recycling project is a national effort, Lions Clubs in the UK are invited to nominate projects in their local areas for support. To date, over £76k to projects proposed by other Lions Clubs.