Dame Mary Perkins

Dame Mary Perkins was in Manchester last week finding out more about the charity's work

Vision Care for Homeless People has appointed Dame Mary Perkins, founder of Specsavers,  as a patron and she has pledged to encourage more of the multiple's staff to get involved with the charity's work.

On a visit to VCHP's Manchester centre last week she found out more about the charity whose work is already supported by Specsavers. ‘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’m 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.'

Harinder Paul, managing director, VCHP managing director 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.’

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 its centres.