Optometry Giving Sight to fund new VCHP Manchester centre

Two key optical charities are marking their tenth anniversaries with a combined commitment to improve the vision of dispossessed people in The UK’s north-west. Optometry Giving Sight has made a £20,000 donation to fund a new Vision Care for Homeless People centre, for three years, in Manchester.

This significant step to improve vision amongst the homeless here in the UK sees Optometry Giving Sight’s (OGS) commitment to “transform lives through the gift of vision”. It facilitates the sixth centre for Vision Care for Homeless People in the UK.

Nicholas Rumney, OGS National Committee Chair, pictured left, said –

“It is very rewarding to be working with Vision Care for Homeless People once again. This funding for the new Manchester clinic is set to bring a new vision – and hope of a better life – to many homeless and vulnerable people. We are pleased to be in a position to provide this support on behalf of our donors and sponsors in the UK, and to help cater for what is, sadly, a growing need.”

Receiving the cheque, Harinder Paul, Managing Director of VCHP, pictured right, praised the commitment of the OGS team, including Georgina Woolfrey and Donna Power, pictured, adding –

“OGS carries out so much fantastic work overseas, however it is excellent that problems in the UK are brought into focus through this major contribution. We are charities with parallel values and since 2003 have made significant in-roads to highlighting and addressing the need for good eye care and vision correction. This is a tremendous commitment that we are sharing during our tenth anniversaries.”

Other VCHP centres are located in central, west and east London, Brighton and Birmingham. Local fundraisers and volunteers are warmly welcomed and should visit

About Optometry Giving Sight:
Optometry Giving Sight is the Charity of Choice of the Association of Optometrists, and the only global fundraising initiative specifically targeting the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error.

The charity funds eye care services in communities where they do not exist, ensuring sustainable, lasting results through: training of local eye care professionals; establishment and support of vision centres and schools of optometry; and delivery of affordable eye care and glasses. Since 2007, more than $US8 million has been allocated or disbursed to 67 projects in 38 countries.

Optometry Giving Sight is a joint initiative of the World Optometry Foundation, the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Industry sponsors include Alcon, Brien Holden Vision Institute, CooperVision, Replay Learning and Essilor.

To find out more about the charity please visit Optometry Giving Sight.

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