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VCHP issues fundraising and volunteer call

The charity is seeking support to help its clinics operating

Michael Offord

Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP) is seeking volunteer practitioners to work in its UK clinics offering free sight tests and spectacles to homeless people as well as those who are able to help fundraise to support its work.

Newcastle-based optometrist Michael Offord (pictured), who has volunteered for VCHP previously, recently cycled 140 miles from Whitehaven to Tynemouth and raised more than £1400 for the charity.

Speaking about his fundraising challenge, Mr Offord said: “I have come down to London and volunteered in the past for Crisis eye clinics and was keen to do something else to support this charity. It was lovely to get friends and family to support me and to help to make a difference – it is a very worthwhile cause.”

Lanarkshire-based optometrist, Scott Mackie, also recently took to his bike, alongside his son Rory, and peddled from North Uist to Vatersay, making stops in Benbecular, South Uist, Eriskay and Barra during the three-day challenge. The pair raised more than £600 for VCHP.

The charity encourages practitioners who are interesting in fundraising or volunteering to visit its website for more details.