VCHP Leeds receives £12,000 donation

The charity was recognised from 400 applications for the LNER Customer and Community Investment Fund

A woman in a purple shirt provides an eye test to a young man with brown hair

Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP) has received a £12,000 donation from London North Eastern Railway’s (LNER) Customer and Community Investment Fund (CCIF).

The donation will be used to support the delivery of services in Leeds.

VCHP runs an eye care service for homeless people from St. George’s Crypt Centre in Leeds, providing free of charge eye examinations, glasses and, where required, referral to secondary care.

David Brown, general manager of VCHP, said: “This grant is very pleasing – to be recognised from 400 applications really says something. We know there is considerable need for the work that we do in the Leeds area. The money will enable us to help even more people.”

LNER’s CCIF supports charities and communities along its route on the east coast, with a particular focus on supporting mental health, education and employability amongst marginalised groups, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability.

David Horne, managing director at LNER, said the company was proud to support VCHP through the donation, “helping the charity to make a difference to people’s lives.”


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Stepper and VCHP celebrate continuing partnership

The VCHP Birmingham clinic recently welcomed a visit from the team at Stepper Eyewear to experience the charity’s work.

The company has supported VCHP over several years, and in 2023 has provided support to the value of £10,000.

Liz Shepherd, business development manager at Stepper Eyewear, and Peter Reeve, UK managing director, met with the clinic manager, Claire Wier, and optometrist Frank Eperjesi.

Reeve said of the visit: “Meeting the team, and those who benefit from their work, reinforces our commitment to playing our small part in the extremely valuable service this organisation provides.”