Working with charities

We are pleased to be associated with a range of leading charities with a range of leading charities. Some of them are listed below.


Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) 

In 2009 The Outside Clinic  worked closely with the WRVS, to raise the awareness of individuals rights and eligibility to have an eye examination in their own home if they are no longer able to visit a High Street Optician unaccompanied.


Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB)

The Outside Clinic supported the RNIB campaign in 2008 by contributing a full page advertisement in the ‘TV Times’ for them. The RNIB are keen to work closely with organisations that can raise the awareness of the vital importance of regular sight tests for everyone, but most importantly, for the over 60s.



Friends of the Elderly 

In 2007 The Outside Clinic chose Friends of the Elderly as its Charity of the Year. This wonderful charity has been helping older people since 1905. The core message of the charity aims to promote independence, uphold dignity and bring peace of mind to those they support in so many different ways.
In the course of our work, visiting patients in their own home for an eye examination, time and time again we hear and see how lonely and isolated some of our senior citizens have become, with family often living far away and friends who are not able to get about themselves.

Richard Furze Chief Executive and Sue Ball, Director of Fundraising visited one of our exhibition stands to see the coverage we are able to give Friends of the Elderly when we attend our shows and events around the country. Also their attendance at the Dignity and Independence Transforming Eye Care for Older People Conference in June 2007 at the Apothecaries Hall was most welcome and we were pleased they found the conference informative and agreed that eye care needs to become more prominent on the care agenda for older people.

Giles Witcombe asked The Outside Clinic to run two presentations in 2007 for Community Services which were both very well received. We are always happy to arrange meetings, presentations and ‘talkshops’ to promote and educate the public regarding eye health care.

In 2007 the Telebefriending service was introduced, offering older people living at home alone a life line and friend at the end of a phone, a chat to look forward to, a chance to share an experience or someone to listen.


4Sight West Sussex

In 2007 The Outside Clinic was once again the sponsors of the Optical Charity Campaign of the Year award.
Martin Pearson, Chief Executive of 4Sight, West Sussex Association for the Blind, was delighted to accept the trophy on behalf of the dedicated and hard working staff, volunteers and fundraiser’s whose great contribution over the years had been recognised by the award.



Gift of Sight

In 2006 The Outside Clinic was delighted to sponsor the Optical Charity of the Year Award in partnership with Reed Business Information Publication, and the Optician Magazine.

Every entry could have been a worthy winner but Gift of Sight won on the day because the judges felt that Professor Andrew Lotery and his research team deserved to be recognised for their enthusiastic hard work and commitment to their mission to find a cure for age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).
Visit the Gift of Sight Website:
View the article from Optician Magazine – Dec 2006 (PDF format)



Princess Royal Trust for Carers

In 2005 The Outside Clinic was pleased to support The Princess Royal Trust for Carers as our nominated charity. We are proud to be associated with this charity, and the excellent work they do on behalf of carers in the UK.

The Outside Clinic has committed to raise awareness of the Trusts’ activities to support their great work.

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers (Charity No. SCO15975) is the largest provider of comprehensive carers’ support services in the UK. Through its unique network of 118 independently managed Carers’ Centres, young carer services and interactive website, the Trust provides quality information, advice and support services to180,000 carers including 10,300 young carers.
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers was formed in 1991 on the initiative of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. The Trust provides training and support for Carers’ Centres, as well as raising funds for development work. It also has a range of grant schemes for carers, including an Educational Bursary Scheme, a Carers’ Relief Fund for carers experiencing financial difficulties and a Young Carers’ fund. To apply for funding under any of these schemes, carers should contact their nearest Carers’ Centre.

There are 5.7 million people in the UK who care for a relative, partner or friend, or for a child with a disability. They care, unpaid, for people who cannot manage without help because of disability, illness or frailty. Anyone can be a carer – carers are found in all communities and all age groups. Many people who care for others at home do not identify themselves as carers, and therefore continue to perform the vital role of caring, unaware of the support available to them.



Crisis – Homeless Charity

Specialist volunteers are urgently needed to donate their services to help homeless people in London over the festive season as part of Crisis At Christmas, running from Thursday 23 December – Thursday 30 December 2010.

Up to nine temporary centres will be set up in London by Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, as part of Crisis At Christmas. The centres will provide vital companionship and hot meals for homeless and vulnerably housed people as well as essential services like health checks, housing advice, training and further education opportunities.

We are looking for Optometrists, dispensing Opticians and optical receptionists and assistants to help run our Opticians service this year.
If you have relevant skills and experience, please apply to join the team. And if you know anyone else with these skills, please spread the word.
Visit the Crisis Website:
View article Online
Download Crisis at Christmas article in PDF format


Supported Organisations

The Outside Clinic staff regularly support appeals and raise funds for the following organisations:
The Royal Hospital for Children

Jeans for Genes Appeal

Wear It Pink, Breast Cancer Campaign

Cancer Research UK, Race for life

Alzheimer’s Society

Prospect Hospice

Red Nose Day

Stress Down Day

National Blind Children’s Society

Marie Curie Cancer Care