Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP) is preparing to open a new clinic in Leeds this year that will offer free sight tests and spectacles to homeless people.
Funded by volunteers and charitable donations, an optometrist from the city is behind a fundraising drive to raise awareness of the charity and its work, and to ensure that the new clinic has the much-needed funding that it requires.
As a volunteer at the new centre, which will be located at St George’s Crypt, Paul Appleson will complete his fifth half marathon in aid of the charity. He has set himself an ambitious target of 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete the 13.1-mile route in.
Speaking about the new clinic, optometrist and regular runner Mr Appleson, explained: "A group of us want to do something to help the local homeless community, and when the opportunity came up to use our professional skills, it certainly solved the dilemma of how to help. It feels like a very positive thing to be involved with.”
To sponsor Mr Appleson, visit his JustGiving page.