Vision Care for Homeless People has been hailed as Optical Charity of the Year by the optical profession itself.
Voting in ‘The Association of Optometrists’ Awards saw the charity take a massive 81% of the charity vote – the highest percentage in all of the 16 award categories.
Charity Founder, Harinder Paul, was elated by the news, and thanked the profession and industry donors of diagnostic equipment, glazing, frames and lenses for the “outstanding support”.
He added –
“This is a charity which operates here, at home, and many people relate to the need for this and see what a difference we make. Our very low administration and running costs make us a very lean organisation and yet making a difference to thousands of peoples’ lives. It is so easy to take good eye care for granted.”
The charity runs centres in London, Birmingham and has recently opened in Brighton, for which volunteer optometrists and dispensing opticians are needed. In addition, Crisis at Christmas in East London is supported by a range of health care volunteer providers including Vision Care for Homeless People.
AOP Chairman, David Shannon, added –
“The AOP is proud to offer a chance to celebrate the achievements of those people and organisations that give so much to the public, profession and sector. What makes the AOP awards unique is that it is their peers who vote for the winners. This year the standard of nominations across all categories was excellent. It was no easy task for the judges to pick the shortlist. Congratulations and thanks are due to all the winners for the contribution they have made to quality eye care and improving the visual welfare of the public.”
Harinder Paul is pictured below receiving his award from David Shannon, AOP Chairman at the Awards dinner in Birmingham on 18th October.