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Lions Sight Savers Trust

Lions Sight Savers Trust

Contact details

Name: Trustees for the Lions Sight Savers Trust: David Firth / Patrick Hamblin
Email: patrick.hamblin@btinternet.com
Name: MD Sight Officer: Sue Taylor
Email: susantaylor158@btinternet.com  
Name: Sightsavers – see website: http://www.sightsavers.org/
Email: lions@sightsavers.org

Key information

Over the last 40 years, Lions clubs across the UK have supported Sightsavers through the Lions Sight Savers Trust to help stop thousands of people across Africa and Asia from going blind. Over £3.9 million has been donated from Lions clubs during this time.

Lions Sight Savers Trust

Bringing crucial eye health services to the most marginalised.

The impact of COVID-19 for people with sight loss in Africa and Asia is devastating.  While many have been unable to spend time with those closest to them, the pandemic has also prevented them from accessing life-changing eye health treatments.

Sightsavers needs your support to continue to scale up services and reduce the backlog of patients desperately in need of cataract surgery and other eye health services.

Donations should be sent to the District Treasurer by cheque, made payable to the District, and endorsed on the back: ‘Lions Sight Savers’.

For further information please read the latest information below.

Bringing crucial eye health services to the most marginalised - March 2021

Donations by Lions clubs make a difference:

  • £30 would pay for an adult cataract surgery
  • £90 would pay for a child cataract surgery
  • £500 would fund the training of 100 health workers to complete their training in primary eye health
  • £1,000 would enable screen of a community of more than 1,200 people for a range of eye condition

About Sightsavers

Sightsavers’ vision is a world where no-one is blind from avoidable causes, and people with visual impairments and other disabilities can participate equally in society.

More than 2.2 billion people in the world are blind or visually impaired. Over 1 billion have a condition that could have been prevented or can be treated. Of these, 89% live in countries where healthcare and social support systems are severely lacking. Simple eye health interventions – such as a cataract operation or a pair of glasses – cost relatively little and can drastically improve a person’s life.

Sightsavers works with governments and local partners in Asia and Africa to create robust and lasting eye health services to help people now and in the future. It provides eye operations for people who need them, and trains eye care workers and surgeons to offer sight-saving treatment. Through community volunteers, Sightsavers  distributes medication to protect people from diseases in some of the world’s poorest countries. Since its work began in 1950, Sightsavers has helped to provide 7.7 million cataract operations and trained over 1,000 surgeons to perform this treatment.

In 2019, Sightsavers’ supporters helped:

  • perform 472,499 eye operations
  • prescribe 493,186 pairs of glasses
  • screen 5 million children and adults for eye conditions.

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