Community Projects

Improving the environment

The Club has adopted a local footpath, Whistle Way, which runs from Narborough to Enderby along a disused railway line. The intention is to plant wildflowers along the 1.6 mile track. So far, 1 million seeds have already been planted, as well as over 8,000 native bulbs and wild flower plugs.

Whistle Way seed planting

Recycling Spectacles for developing countries

Lions Clubs have been collecting and sorting used spectacles for over 35 years. We have worked with Vision Aid Overseas, Boots the Chemist and Help The Aged in a national campaign which produced 460,000 pairs of specs in six months. Once sorted they went to places such as Cameroon, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka, India, Zanzibar, Jamaica, Bolivia and Brazil.

Lions Clubs around the country collect used spectacles and the Blaby & District Lions club are pleased to be working with Henry Smith + Hamylton (Wigston), Asda Opticians (Fosse Park), Edmonds & Slatter (Blaby), and Absolute Health Clinic (Braunstone) to collect thousands of pairs of glasses for recycling. Medico France have the necessary equipment to clean and grade the spectacles ready for use in eye camps in Africa, India and Eastern Europe. The Lions Clubs have developed contacts with individuals and charities based in the UK who are carrying out eye-camp projects overseas, who are able to use the spectacles that we are recycling. We support volunteers travelling on Unite For Sight projects, supplying them with the spectacles they require for their individual projects.

Recycling spectacles