The oldest optical organisation in the world has launched a new charity this week, to coincide with World Sight Day.
The new Spectacle Makers’ Charity combines two previous grant giving trusts – one promoting support for optical education and the other for organisations helping vision impaired people get the most out of life.
These trusts have previously given over £70,000 a year in charitable support, benefiting students of dispensing, optometry and orthoptics, trainee ophthalmologists and charities working across the United Kingdom and abroad.
Bringing the two elements together will allow the Charity to be more efficient and impactful in its giving and set a clear direction for ongoing support from members of the Company and other donors who have so generously given in the past.
Newly appointed Chairman of The Spectacle Makers’ Charity, Liz Shilling said:
“This is a very exciting development. Our new Charity looks forward to supporting all aspects of optical education and enhancing the lives of vision impaired people and their families.
In this pandemic year there are extra challenges, both for vision charities and their recipients and for young people starting their careers in eye health. The Spectacle Makers’ Charity will play its part in helping them, as part of our ongoing mission to support better vision for all”.