Trustees, volunteers and supporters of Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP) were invited to Westminster for a reception at the House of Lords this week.

VCHP shared plans for a mobile service and to work directly with high street practices during the reception. In its 15th year of operating, the charity now has clinics in eight locations across the UK.

‘We helped nearly 2,000 people here in the UK last year, but this is not enough. We are looking to open many more clinics, to have a mobile van, and to partner with high street opticians,’ said charity chair Elaine Styles.

The event was hosted by independent peer and patron of VCHP, Lord Filkin.

Brighton-based optometrist and volunteer Niamh Harmsworth added: ‘It is very easy to get bogged down with the minutiae of middle class life, but this gives real perspective. If anyone is interested in volunteering I say - just do it.’