Downham Market Lions Spectacle Collection


Downham Market Lions have three collecting bins for spectacles and hearing aids in the town, at Parker Optometrists in Wales Court, at A J Coggles in Bridge Street and at the Library in the Priory Centre.

Periodically the collecting bins are emptied and the used spectacles (without cases) and aids are boxed up and sent to Chichester Lions Club.

The Lions at Chichester sort the spectacles and discard any lenses not in glasses and any specs that are damaged or too old to be of use, any gold frames are put to one side and sent off to be smelted to remove the gold and any other precious metals which are then sold. The sale of these metals helps to fund the service and allows the Chichester Lions to make donations to clubs to help in further collections of specs and other sight related projects.

Designer frames and vintage frames are further sorted and sold to dealers and again the money goes into helping running costs.

The useful specs are sent to France (by a transport company, as and when they have free space on a lorry) free of charge where they are again sorted and tested before being sent to the African continent where they are distributed to those

     in need.

The hearing aids are fewer in number but are also sorted, checked and reconditioned before being recycled to those in need.

Lions collecting Spectacles at Parkers

Sue Boucher loading  the spectacles

Sue Boucher

Sorting the spectacles

Spectacles galore

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