STEPPER is to underwrite the costs of running the charity’s Manchester clinic, in a city with one of the highest homelessness problems in the UK.

Peter Reeve, Managing Director of STEPPER UK explained –

“We have been aware of the charity for many years and last year at the ABDO student games we sponsored the sack race which was a lot of fun.  It set us thinking about what else we could do.  We receive a lot of requests for various sponsorships but we have decided to put our charitable giving in one direction, where it can make a real difference for the year ahead.”

Elaine Styles, Chair of Vision Care for Homeless People praised the support –

“This donation of over £7,000 will make a tangible difference to many people in the north-west.  Manchester, a city of 600,000 people, has a street sleeper problem which is second only to London. Our Monday clinic at the Cornerstone Day centre attracts patients from a very broad radius and word has got around that we are in the city, and provide a great service.  Our qualified volunteer network, not just in Manchester, but at all of our clinics is the backbone of our service.  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 the barriers and helping to re-build lives.”

Picture shows, left to right:  Martin Allen, Peter Reeve, Saska and Hans Stepper of STEPPER Eyewear