As COVID-19 continues to spread, many of us are wondering what we can do to help the battle against this dreadful virus. US-based initiative Goggles for Docs have been providing skiers and snowboarders stateside with a way to do just this, and now the initiative has come to the UK. It’s giving snow sports lovers, as well as large brands, a chance to help those healthcare professionals on the front line of this fight, by donating ski goggles to hospitals staff who currently have no eye protection when treating patients.
Goggles for Docs was started after a request from a NYC MD, who was looking for used ski goggles to use as protection against the virus. Since then, the project has grown vastly, with both individuals and corporate partners helping to donate a mix of new and used goggles.
Now, a UK based project, Goggles for Docs UK, is allowing British skiers and snowboarders to help out too, getting used or new eyewear into the hands of NHS workers fighting COVID-19.
To find out how you can get involved, head to the Goggles for Docs UK website here. UK drop-off areas are currently available in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire & South Yorkshire and they are working on setting up in other areas.
As of today, 12,400 goggles have been donated so far to Goggles for Docs USA, with just under 2,000 goggles needed to fill current demand, although these numbers are constantly changing.
Both light and dark lenses are accepted and all hospitals involved and available for donations have opted in and requested the ski goggles.
If you are a hospital looking to request goggles for your team in the USA, click here.