Spectrek is a Lion’s project that collects unwanted spectacles and hearing aids, which are recycled for re-distribution to people who would not otherwise have access to them. Lions Clubs in the UK and from other European countries including France, Germany, Greece, Spain and Switzerland participate in this project.
Every year Wokingham Lions collect over 2000 spectacles from local opticians and doctor’s surgeries. We sort and box them and make an annual delivery to Chichester Lions Club, who coordinate collections from Lions clubs throughout the UK. Chichester Lions Club sort them then forward them to Medico France in Le Havre, who have the necessary equipment to clean and grade the spectacles ready for use in eye camps in Africa, India and Eastern Europe. Collectively the UK Lions clubs send over 300,000 spectacles to developing countries. For more details follow this link.
We also collect used hearing aids and deliver them to Chichester Lions Club. From there they are forwarded to Dr Michael Nolan of the Starkey Hearing Foundation where they are sorted and refurbished before being sent to third world countries to help adults and children with hearing impairments.For more details follow this link.
You can donate your unwanted spectacles at any of the following locations:
- Wokingham Medical Centre
- Wokingham Library
- Wokingham Hospital (Enquiry Desk)
- Wokingham Town Hall Information Centre
- Boots Opticians
- Finchampstead Surgery.