THE Hastings Lions Club has been praised for its work in donating used hearing aids to the hard of hearing in the world’s poorest countries.
Ian Mantel, the club’s president, was presented with an award from Dr Michael Nolan of the international charity, So My World May Hear Foundation.
The award was in recognition of the club’s work collecting old hearing aids from around the British Isles and Ireland.
They are then recycled at Frankland Prison, near Durham and then sent to developing countries by the Hastings Lions.
Last year more than 30,000 hearing aids were processed and the club has sent hearing aids to more than 35 countries.
Dr Nolan said: “The work being done by Hastings Lions can make such a difference and give so many the precious gift of hearing that they otherwise would not receive.”
The following day the project leader, Lion Vic Truluck was at the Conquest Hospital to receive four surplus pieces of equipment, vital for testing patients and hearing aids, from chief audiologist Mandy Rose.
Mr Truluck said: “We cannot thank our friends at the Conquest Audiology Department enough for the continuing support they give us.”
If readers have old hearing aids drop them in the Lions Spectacle and Hearing Aid boxes which are in most town opticians or contact Mr Truluck on 01424 435564.