Kentoptic, the independent lab which specialises in glazing and bespoke surfacing, has signed a three year contract to provide the lab needs of Vision Care for Homeless People’s London centres.

We have two centres in the capital – one in Victoria and another within the Crisis Centre near to Liverpool Street station and already a number of spectacles have been made up for the homeless by Kentoptic.

As Preston Everard, Kentoptic Executive Manager explained:
“This charity fits in well with our company ethos. My directors have given a lot of support to our staff, and to myself in recent times, and I have been delighted with the response of our team in taking on this extra work. As a company we have always looked to giving a little back and so when the opportunity arose to work with such an inspirational charity we were delighted to accept. I have to say, we have been very surprised by the powers needed. You can’t function properly when you can’t see and many of the prescriptions coming through have been high: up to +5.00D.”

The ISO 9001:2008 Quality Accredited lab, which is housed in an elegant, large windowed, Victorian cricket ball factory in Tonbridge, boasts more than 400 years of glazing and surfacing experience between its team – some who joined recently from local lab, Gilco – and the latest in computer and glazing technology.

Elaine Styles, Chair of the charity is delighted that Kentoptic have taken up the work –
“With the recession we are seeing a lot more homeless people – particularly men, but the charity work is extremely rewarding. The best part is the dispensing. Helping people to see again properly – often after many years – is amazing. For many this brings a confidence boost and the ability to start filling out job application forms,” she said.

NB: Volunteer optometrists, dispensing opticians and students are urgently required to work within the charity’s Birmingham Centre: visit or call 020 8356 6532

Picture shows: Richard Tuck, Kentoptic Operations Manager, Elaine Styles, Chair of the Charity, and Preston Everard, General Manager of Kentoptic

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