Record numbers of homeless people were dispensed glasses during the festive break, thanks to volunteer optoms, DOs and generous industry support for the charity Vision Care for Homeless People.

“We dispensed 230 pairs of glasses at our two centre connected to Crisis and many thanks go to Essilor for the tremendous support that they continue to give us in London with free glazing,” said Elaine Styles, Head of Operations at the charity.

She added:
“Homelessness is an issue which presents more than ever in the current times.  During the clinics I met many who were experiencing the rawest consequences of the recession who would have never have expected to find themselves in such circumstances.”

The charity is looking for more volunteers to work throughout the year, and not just at Christmas, at its centres in London and Birmingham. Also sought are any ready readers that opticians or suppliers might consider donating.

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