Charity Projects

At Specs of Kensington we are committed to supporting charity. Over the years we have raised lots of money by participating in fun runs and other sponsored events. We also take a more hands on approach by getting involved in charity projects.

Elaine Styles started volunteering for the Opticians service at the Crisis at Christmas charity back in 1998. As a result of this in 2003 she went on to start a new charity called Vision Care for Homeless People, which provides eye care services to homeless and other vulnerable people in an accessible and friendly environment in which they feel safe, welcome and comfortable.

Since then the charity has carried out over 11,000 eye examinations and dispensed as many spectacles to some of the most vulnerable people in the UK. She is currently chair of the charity, which runs three clinics in London, one in Birmingham, Brighton, Manchester, Exeter and Leeds. They are aiming to expand their services throughout the UK.

Imagine if everything you saw was out of focus, how would your life be affected? Now imagine if you were homeless and couldn’t see… Click here  to watch a short video to find out about the work Vision Care for Homeless People carries out and its impact on many vulnerable lives.

As well as being Chair of the charity, Elaine has undertaken some big cycling challenges to raise money for Vision Care for Homeless People. In 2012 Elaine cycled from Land‘s End to John O‘Groats, 1480 km in 10 days, during which she raised over £5,000. In 2013 she undertook an even bigger physical challenge – cycling over the Pyrenees from Biarritz on the Atlantic Ocean to Perpignan on the Mediterranean over some of the most famous Cols in the Tour de France. It was a very tough and rewarding week cycling 742 km with 14,353 m of climbing and raising a further £1,500.

Since then Elaine has cycled the tough first stage route of the 2014 Tour de France’s challenging first leg from Leeds, riding across the Yorkshire Dales, to a stunning finish in the historic spa town of Harrogate. This was a hilly 190 Km and the longest distance she had ever cycled in a day. Every penny she has raised goes to delivering eye care services as she has paid her own expenses during the challenges.

If you are inspired to help with a small donation to provide eye care and spectacles to some of the most vulnerable people in the UK, you can check out the VCHP Website: http://www.visioncarecharity.org/donations/

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