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Shakespeare Lions continue to collect, sort and pack up spectacles from opticians in

Stratford-upon-Avon, Evesham and Leamington Spa.

On 21st January 2022, Shakespeare Lions delivered over 17,000 spectacles

packed up into 54 boxes  to MD105’s HQ for distribution to countries in need!!!!


Trust us, each and every pair will be put to a very good use.  Keep them coming!













Our sight programme includes eye camps, presentations on 'Wellness Junction',  'Cataract and Diabetic Retinopathy', 'Reducing the Risks of Blindness & Prevention of Diabetes.

 Awareness is raised of the needs of local people living with sight loss.


In 1925 Helen Keller the inspirational deaf-blind campaigner challenged Lions to be

“Knights Of The Blind” in the crusade against vision darkness.


In the almost 100 years since then, Lions Clubs around the world have committed themselves to projects that helped prevent blindness, restore eyesight and / or benefit eyecare.

Lions also introduced the internationally recognised white cane.

More interesting facts about spectacle recycling!

Lions International has raised £240+ million to tackle preventable blindness and every year and collects almost 330,000 pairs of used glasses.

Each and every pair collected is checked and refurbished.


Spectacles too damaged to be useful have their precious metals stripped out, recycled and on-sold. Money from the sale of those precious metals helps support eye-related projects here in the U.K.


Our spectacles are distributed to clinics and eye camps across the African and Asian continents.

Malawi is our current focus country but this changes on a regular basis and depends on need.


And we’re doing our bit here at Shakespeare Lions.

Our Spectacles team has been collecting for some twelve years and collects around 1,600 pairs of spectacles in an average (pre-covid) month.

That’s about 60kg in a month!

So in one month we have been collecting more than your average toilet in weight and in three months we collect around one ‘Rudolf the red-nosed Reindeer’!


In an average year, we collect 720kg of spectacles–that’s five times heavier than an

adult Giant Panda, a bit more than an

adult Polar bear weighs and a little bit more than your friendly mature

Holstein cow (the black-and-white, spotted variety).

Or putting it in another way, every year we collect the weight equivalent of three average adult pigs and over three years we’d collect the equivalent in weight of your average adult black rhinoceros!


Now let’s talk about length.

An average pair of glasses is about 13cm long–or wide, depending on your point of view.

All 1,600 pairs of spectacles, laid end–end would be about 208 metres long.

Which is longer than St Paul’s Cathedral in London is high, almost exactly twice the length of a football pitch and more than twice the height of Big Ben!!


May 2023

29 boxes, 1,650  spectacles packed up and ready to go!

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