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Vision Care for Homeless People

Poet John Hegley makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of Vision Care for Homeless People.

Poet John Hegley, who is himself a glasses wearer, makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of Vision Care for Homeless People.

To Give:
- Freephone 0800 404 8144
- Freepost BBC Radio 4 Appeal. (That’s the whole address. Please do not write anything else on the front of the envelope). Mark the back of the envelope ‘Vision Care for Homeless People’.
- Cheques should be made payable to ‘Vision Care for Homeless People’.

Registered Charity Number: 1118076

(Photo: BBC/Amanda Benson )

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Vision Care for Homeless People

Vision Care for Homeless People brings its eye care services to homeless and other vulnerable people. Our dedicated volunteers, optometrists, dispensing opticians and assistants, provide sight tests & glasses free of charge from 9 city centre clinics across England.

What our patients say

What our patients say

Our clients say things like this to us: “Everyone should be able to see properly, shouldn’t they? In this day and age? It’s a nightmare when you’re squinting, trying to work things out all the time. I can hardly wait to see my daughter.  She’s 12 and I haven’t seen her face clearly for five years.”

John Hegley with Linda Lucas, optometrist and volunteer

John Hegley with Linda Lucas, optometrist and volunteer

Why do they volunteer? Because they see tears of joy when a homeless woman who has not had a pair of glasses for years now finds the world has become a safer place. Because they witness the relief of a homeless man looking for work, who will finally be able to read the test questions at his job interview that day.

Dispensing new prescription glasses

Dispensing new prescription glasses

When people are experiencing homelessness they need glasses to look for work, find accommodation or simply to keep themselves safe. Sadly, very few are able to get sight tests, glasses or eye care elsewhere, so it’s a great relief for them to be given spectacles at one of our clinics.

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This week's Radio 4 Appeal

This week's Radio 4 Appeal

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How do your donations help?

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