The London arm of 102 year-old New York City eyewear institution, MOSCOT, has teamed up with national UK charity Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP) donating 50 frames to the worthy cause.
The charity, which was co-founded by Elaine Styles (pictured with Moscot partner Kris Collins and shop director Tim Webb) in 2003, runs a regular clinic helping those who have visual impairments and are homeless or vulnerable to get fitted and tested for their eyewear needs.
MOSCOT first made contact with the VCHP charity via the work it does in New York neighbourhoods with the VSP Mobile Eyes programme, which started following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 to replace lost or damaged eyewear.
MOSCOT London Managing partner Mo Webb, who along with husband Tim and Styles are liveryman of Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, whole-heartedly supports the charity and handed over the 50-frame donation, all of which were made into ready-made reading glasses featuring a selection of powers, the lenses provided by NIKON.
Mrs Webb said: “It’s a very worthy cause and one of course that we are happy to be part of. MOSCOT has a history of helping those in its communities and the initial link comes from the great work the MOSCOT family continues to do in NYC.
“Myself and Tim will also be volunteering as dispensing opticians at CRISIS over the festive period, with the aim, again, to help those that are vulnerable to be fitted and treated within a comfortable environment,” she adds.
The lenses were glazed with reading prescription lenses supplied and paid for by Nikon Optical UK. The London Territory manager Parm Bhachu is on the right of the picture. This comes at a perfect time for VCHP as we gear up for the Crisis at Christmas service. Thank you to everyone.