On Lions World Sight Day earlier this month, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool walked blindfolded from Liverpool Town Hall to Specsavers on Lord Street to raise awareness of sight loss.

The awareness raising event is one of numerous across the world this week organised by Lions Clubs.

Raising awarness of sight loss and eye tests

The Liverpool Lions aim to raise awareness of the importance of regular eye tests and early detection of sight loss.

The Lions are a global community of people who believe that kindness matters, and strive to change the world, one community at a time.

The Liverpool-based network of Lions are well-known in the city for their positive work within communities and groups of people who need support.

Blindfolded walk 

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Malcolm Kennedy was accompanied by President of Liverpool Lions Club, Ian Francis, who guided him as he walked through the city centre blindfolded.

The Mayor shared his experience when he reached the store and also took a sight test to help raise more awareness of the importance of regular sight tests.

Sight loss is a global problem 

Lions’ president Ian Francis says: ‘Sight loss affects many people all over the world and problems with vision can often be a sign of a more serious health condition, which is why it’s so important people have their sight tested regularly.’

Specsavers Liverpool Lord Street collects used glasses from its customers and passes them to the Lions who ensure they are donated to those who need them in developing countries, improving lives in the process. 

In the last year, the Lord Street branch has collated 6,000 glasses for the Lions which have been donated to those who need them as a result of this partnership.

Customers encoraged to donate specs

Steve Bryan from Specsavers Liverpool Lord Street says: ‘We’ve been encouraging our customers to donate their used specs to the Lions via our in-store collection tub – it’s incredibly rewarding for all to know that the glasses we donate makes such a significant difference to the lives of so many.’

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