Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins has been made a patron of charity Vision Care for Homeless People.
Dame Mary visited the VCHP’s clinic in Manchester last week to meet staff and patients and find out more about their work.
‘Vision Care for Homeless People provides a vital service for some of the most vulnerable people in society, who may not be able to access NHS eyecare services. I am really looking forward to working with the charity more closely.
‘Meeting the volunteers and the patients really brings home what a vital service this is for many vulnerable people. Many of the patients have suffered with poor eyesight for months or even years before they receiving help so this service can really improve their quality of life. I know the charity is looking for more volunteers so I’ll be encouraging more Specsavers staff to get involved.’
Vision Care for Homeless People’s managing director Harinder Paul said: ‘It’s an absolute pleasure to have Dame Mary as a patron of Vision Care for Homeless People.
‘She has been a tremendous support to the charity for several years, with donating both frames and equipment and funding our Brighton centre. She is an extremely generous and caring individual.’
Specsavers has supported Vision Care for Homeless People for a number of years, supplying glasses frames to the charity and helping with the running costs of some of the centres.