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A time for giving

Over the Christmas period, Crisis are appealing for volunteers

10 Dec 2015 by Emily McCormick

There may still be just over two weeks to go until St Nic wiggles his way down our chimneys, but I’m sure that I won’t be the first to admit that, now the Christmas tree is up and a dent in the Christmas shopping has been made, it’s certainly beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

At this time of year it’s easy to get wrapped up (no pun intended) in your own Christmas to-do list which, once executed, will amount to a family, food and fun fuelled Christmas Day come 25 December. However, as I opt not to send Christmas cards to my nearest and dearest once again this year and instead make a donation to charity, I am reminded of those who may be spending Christmas in a different way to myself.

For practitioners who wish to give a little back at this festive time of year, Vision Care for Homeless People is still seeking volunteers to take part in its Crisis at Christmas clinics. Offering free sight tests and spectacles to homeless people across London, the charity is seeking optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical assistants who can spare a day to volunteer between 23–29 December. Shifts run from 9am and 6pm and will see volunteers based in Crisis centres across London.

Uptake is positive and last year the charity provided sight tests and spectacles to over 300 people during this period.

Practitioners are urged to sign up by 16 December by visiting the Crisis website.

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