Specsavers Audiologists invested £85,522 in grants to Sound Seekers over a three year period from 2015-2018, to fund the charity’s Hearing Aid Refurbishment Project (HARP).
Providing urgent care
Thanks to the investment, Specsavers has helped Sound Seekers to meet an urgent need to provide some of the poorest communities in Africa with hearing aids, which would otherwise not be available or affordable to patients who need them.
The project, which oversees the refurbishment of donated hearing aids from Specsavers stores, UK hospitals and individuals, is now well underway. More than 1,300 refurbished hearing aids have been distributed to Zambia, Malawi, Cameroon, The Gambia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Botswana in the last year.
A further 2,600 hearing aids have been refurbished and are ready to be dispatched.
The project has been a huge success over the past two years and the plans for the third year of HARP are set to see even more impacting results.
Tanya D’Souza, fundraising manager at Sound Seekers, said: ‘We would like to thank Dame Mary Perkins and Specsavers for this incredible grant, which is supporting children and adults with hearing loss in some of the poorest communities in Africa to avail of much-needed hearing aids at no cost, thanks to this project.’