Uckfield Lions appeal for old hearing aids for refurbishment

Uckfield Lions are appealing for old hearing aids which can be refurbished and given free of charge to children and adults in the developing world.lions_logo_un

The hearing aids can be deposited in a box at Uckfield Volunteer Centre where people are also able to go to get their hearing aids cleaned and new batteries fitted.

Donated equipment will go to the Sight and Sound workshop which was opened in a prison ten years ago.

Training is given to the men to refurbish unwanted hearing aids to as-new condition. These then go to the developing world.

The Lions Club said: “As a result many thousands of hearing impaired people now enjoy the Sounds of Life we take for granted. The prisoners get great satisfaction in knowning the fruits of their labours enable people to hear, often for the first time.”

Dr Michael Nolan of the Starkey Hearing Foundation receives donated equipment, sorts it into make and model and packs it ready for onward shipping. He also finds hearing impaired people around the world who can use the refurbished equipment.

Demand continues to grow with requests for support from many parts of the world.

In 2013 Lions International donated 53,000 hearing aids to Mexico, Columbia, Chile, Peru, Senegal, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Lesotho, Rwands, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Madagascar, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea.

• Uckfield Lions also collect unwanted glasses which can be left in a box at Specsavers Opticians in Uckfield High Street. The glasses are then taken to Chichester for refurbishment before being distributed to less fortunate people around the world.

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