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Stepper Eyewear marks fifth year of supporting VCHP

This year’s donation of £11,000 will support the running costs of Vision Care for Homeless People’s Birmingham clinic

Holding a sign for the Vision Care for Homeless People clinic, are: Alison Gordon from VCHP, Peter Reeve of Stepper, Clair Weir from VCHP and Akhila Vijayan, clinic assistant.
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Stepper Eyewear has pledged its support of Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP) for a fifth year.

The eyewear manufacturer’s donation of £11,000 will go towards the running of the Birmingham clinic, which is operated every Monday at SIFA Fireside.

The charity welcomed Peter Reeve, UK managing director of Stepper Eyewear, for a morning with the local VCHP team: Claire Weir, clinic manager, Akhila Vijayan, clinic assistant, Sunita Chauhan, optometrist, and Alison Gordon, VCHP community and corporate fundraiser.

Reeve commented: “We are delighted to support the vital work VCHP does. That we can help in providing eye care for the vulnerable in the Birmingham community aligns with our belief that frames are primarily a medical device and that quality eye care should be available to all.”

Stepper Eyewear has donated £43,000 to VCHP over the five years of its support, along with additional donations of frames and sunglasses.

Elaine Styles, chair of VCHP, said: “This donation will make a tangible difference for many people in Birmingham.”

“Our clinic attracts patients from a very broad radius and word has got around that we are in the city and provide a great service,” she shared.

Describing VCHP's qualified network of volunteers the “backbone” of the service, Styles commented: “We are hugely grateful to those who are able to give up a few hours each month to help in their local area – our work can be truly transforming for some vulnerable lives. Being able to see well can be the much needed first step to removing barriers and helping to re-build lives.”

Pictured: Alison Gordon from VCHP, Peter Reeve of Stepper, Clair Weir from VCHP and Akhila Vijayan, clinic assistant.

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