A hearing aid recycling scheme in Leeds has helped a number of deaf children in Africa, following the donation of 20 unwanted devices.
Specsavers in Morley has been collecting old hearing aids for Sound Seekers, a UK-registered charity which recycles and dispenses them to deaf children in developing countries.
Since last year, Specsavers Audiologists has been supporting Sound Seekers with the launch of the Hearing Aid Refurbishment Project (HARP) in Lusaka, Zambia. The project collects unwanted hearing aids from customers in the UK and reconditions them to be sent to Beit Cure Hospital in Zambia and dispensed to those suffering from hearing loss.
Sarah Plumpton, hearing aid audiologist at Morley Specsavers, said: ‘I would like to thank all the people of Morley who have donated their unwanted hearing aids to this highly deserving cause.
‘Across developing countries hearing loss is a problem that receives very little attention. Sound Seekers does terrific work in raising awareness of and assisting in the prevention and treatment of deafness among children.
Sound Seekers CEO Emma Judge said: ‘This is an excellent achievement by Specsavers in Morley; both customers and staff have been fantastic in helping collect unwanted hearing aids which will help a great number of deaf children across Africa.
‘I would like to thank every single person whose donated hearing aid helped reach this milestone – their actions will go on to change the life of a child in a developing country forever.’
£42,000 invested so far
Specsavers has invested more than £42,000 into the project so far, which has been used to purchase specialist equipment and provide training and employment to those living in Zambia.
With the staff at the store keen to receive further donations, a permanent collection box will now be located inside the Specsavers store at 19 Windsor Court.
To say thank-you to every customer who donates their old hearing aids, Specsavers will also give a free cleaning and maintenance kit when they trade up to a new digital hearing aid.