Charity chair joins Livery

Optometrist Elaine Styles joins the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers

Elaine Styles

Optometrist and chair of Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP) has officially joined the Livery of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (WCSM).

Over the years, Ms Styles has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for VCHP, a charity she chairs and has been supported by the WCSM.

Established 12 years ago to provide free sight tests and spectacles to homeless people across the UK, the charity now operates from six centres around the country, including London, Brighton, Manchester and Birmingham.

Speaking about joining the WCSM, Ms Styles explained: “I was very interested in becoming involved in the historic Livery, which has been working to fight visual impairment since 1629.

“When I was asked if I would be interested in being Clothed as a Liveryman, I was honoured and decided I would like to take this next step. The WCSM has a long record of improving knowledge and skills within the optical sector, as well as supporting charitable work, so I will be among like-minded people. It is a great opportunity to improve the awareness of VCHP among my fellow Liverymen and inform them about the work we carry out with such a vulnerable group of people.”