Residents across Edinburgh are being urged to spread some festive magic with Specsavers this season to help make someone’s wish come true.

Specsavers in Cameron Toll Shopping Centre, Corstorphine, Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, The Gyle Centre, Leith, Morningside, North Bridge, Shandwick Place, and Straiton Sainsbury’s are all working with Sound Seekers.

The charity provides people of all ages, who are deaf or hard of hearing in some of the world’s poorest countries, with audiology and refurbished hearing devices.

Together, they are asking local residents to donate their old or unwanted devices in store for the Hearing Aid Refurbishment Project, to be reconditioned and reprogrammed for those who need it.

So far, the Hearing Aid Refurbishment Project has distributed more than 1,300 hearing aids to Zambia, Malawi, Cameroon, The Gambia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Botswana.

A way of helping others

Jonathan Bell, Audiology Director at Specsavers in Edinburgh said: ‘We are so pleased to support this incredible cause. There is no better feeling than knowing that these redundant hearing devices help meet an urgent need to provide some of the poorest communities in Africa with the priceless gift of hearing.’

Tanya D’Souza, Sound Seekers Fundraising and Communications Manager added: ‘We couldn’t be more thankful for the ongoing support we have been receiving from Specsavers. Without the generosity of the people of Edinburgh, we would not be able to continue our Hearing Aid Refurbishment Project in Zambia and provide so many disadvantaged people in Africa with access to refurbished hearing aids. That is why Specsavers is urging its customers not to throw their old hearing aids away and to instead make a real difference to someone’s life.’

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