The announcement, posted on the Vision UK website on 8 June, revealed that the charity will close on 31 July.
It went on to thank “members, friends, associates and all blind and partially sighted people (and those at risk of sight loss)” for their support.
It comes as charities, businesses and other organisations across the UK struggle to deal with loss of income caused by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Vision UK worked to deliver positive change for blind and partially sighted people through partnerships with organisations across the eye health and optical sector, and was funded by membership fees. It aimed to improve eye health across all four nations of the UK, join up eye health and social care services, encourage investment in medical research, and address avoidable sight loss.
Vision UK had previously furloughed its entire staff. A statement from CEO Matt Broom on 6 April revealed that all work would be put on hold for two months, but that he hoped the charity would reopen at the end of this period.
The online statement that announced the charity’s closure read:
“It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the closure of Vision UK as of the 31/07/2020.
“Thanks to all for your support over the years and we hope that the collaboration we have always worked to engender will carry on in different formats and processes. We hope you will agree that things have been achieved for blind and partially sighted people and member organisations, under the collaborative banner over the years.
“We wish all our members, friends, associates and all blind and partially sighted people (and those at risk of sight loss) all the very best and all success for the future.”