Chichester Lions Club is sad to have to announce that with immediate effect it is suspending the Spectacles & Hearing Aids Project at the Apuldram Centre.
Most of our volunteers are in the "vulnerable" group who have been advised by the government to stay at home and not have any social contact so it will be too difficult to maintain any level of sorting under this condition.
Please do not send or deliver any spectacles to our centre for the foreseeable future and until we have released a statement that we are fully operational again. We will try to keep our website updated on www.chilions.org.uk
We also have to report that Parcel Force have terminated the contract that has enabled clubs to send spectacles to us for many years. This has nothing to do with the current situation with coronovirus. Over the years the use of this contract has grown exponentially and has to a certain extent been misused with e.g. call-outs just to pick up one small box and others asking for the "24-hour" service.
We will try to talk with the company to see if the contract can be reinstated and if not try to find another carrier who might be able to help.
Once we are in a position to reopen, clubs that are able to deliver directly to us can continue to do this.
We thank all clubs that have participated in our project over the years and hope that we will soon be able to continue our work.
We wish you all the best in the difficult times ahead.