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Recycle Your Specs with Staffs Fire

11/10/2012

Photo: Lions District Officer Graham Dow, Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford and Lions Zone Chair for North Staffs David Field.

A new recycling scheme has been launched today on World Sight Day between Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Lions International.

“We encourage members of the public to drop any unwanted glasses into their local fire station and help to make a difference. You can also book a free Home Fire Risk Check whilst you’re there.”

Risk Reduction Manager, Angie Leigh

Lions Clubs across Staffordshire have teamed up with the Service to help assist partially sighted people by recycling unwanted glasses.

Recycling boxes can be found at all of Staffordshire’s fire stations and will be regularly emptied and then taken by a member of Lions for grading. The glasses will then be sent out worldwide to assist the partially sighted in third world countries.

Risk Reduction Manager, Angie Leigh said: “We have teamed up with Lions to help a great cause and Lions have a dedicated grading centre to help the receivers of the glasses to know which pair will benefit them best.

“We encourage members of the public to drop any unwanted glasses into their local fire station and help to make a difference. You can also book a free Home Fire Risk Check whilst you’re there.”

District Officer Lion Graham Dow added: “Our ultimate aim is to help to improve eye health worldwide, especially in countries where they do not have the facilities to help themselves.

“We can recycle glasses but regrettably not bifocals or varifocals. However, we would welcome glasses of any prescription to send to those in need.

“We are grateful that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are supporting this scheme, as the fire stations are landmarks in local areas so are a convenient place for people to pop into with their unwanted glasses.”