Specialist optical charity SeeAbility took home the Overall Award for Excellence during an online ceremony for The Charity Awards 2021.

Judges at the ceremony praised SeeAbility’s work providing specialist eye care within special schools and noted the success of its campaign to involve the NHS in this work.

‘We shouldn’t underestimate how complex it is to get the attention of a multi-layered bureaucracy like the NHS at national level, and to produce a model that can be rolled out in a devolved health environment,’ said Martin Edwards, a judge at the awards.

SeeAbility was also awarded the top prize in the healthcare category.

Chief executive at the charity, Lisa Hopkins, said: ‘We are so humbled to receive not one but two unexpected awards for the work of our brilliant and totally dedicated special schools team. It’s also recognition of the schools, parents and children who we have partnered with – and who have supported us so much over the past few years.’

SeeAbility’s special schools programme, which saw optometrists and dispensing opticians work onsite at schools, was recognised as an effective pathway by NHS England last year. The programme has now been taken on by the NHS and is being rolled out across England.