Dame Mary Perkins has been made a patron of charity Vision Care for Homeless People which provides eyecare services to homeless and other vulnerable people.

The charity provides its services via a number of clinics, which are manned by volunteer staff, including optometrists, dispensing opticians, optical assistants and administrators.

She visited the charity’s centre in Manchester last week to meet staff and patients and find out more about their work and expressed her delight in supporting Vision Care. During the visit she said: ‘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.’

A vital service for vulnerable people

She further added: ‘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.

I know the charity is looking for more volunteers so I’ll be encouraging more Specsavers staff to get involved.’

Donating frames, equipment and funding

Vision Care for Homeless People Managing Director Harinder Singh Paul said: ‘It’s an absolute pleasure to have Dame Mary as a patron of the charity, she’s been a tremendous support for several years, donating frames, equipment and funding to our Brighton centre. She’s an extremely generous and caring individual.’