As a progressive business with people at its heart, we want to improve the lives not just of our patients, but of those living in communities at home and abroad who need our help, too. Our main partnerships are with good causes which relate to eye health, but we also support charities which make a real difference to people, especially children, who live in poverty.
As a business we want to make good things happen. We believe that it’s our responsibility to actively take part in local, national and international initiatives which improve lives.
80% of blindness is preventable or can be cured, meaning that 31.2 million people across the globe are needlessly blind. Sightsavers is an international charity which is committed to eliminating avoidable blindness in developing countries. We’re a long-term corporate supporter of this amazing charity, raising funds through activities including clinic and store events.
We partnered with the International charity Red Crescent and sent volunteers from Optical Express to Syria to help those who are affected by poor vision. Over 6 days and in 3 locations, our team treated 3,500 patients ranging from children with Cerebral Palsy to adults who would be diagnosed as blind in the UK. In a country where working and living conditions are extremely tough, the work that our team carried out really was life-changing. We are excited to be planning a further trip in 2020.
We’ve supported Bauer Radio’s Cash For Kids charity for more than 20 years. Operating in 22 areas around the UK, the charity’s aim is to give a helping hand to disadvantaged, sick and disabled children. It helps them to live life to the full by channelling local communities’ care into the welfare of their own young people.
In 2004, Optical Express donated the majority of funding for a facility for this charity which was designed to equip blind and partially sighted people with the skills and confidence to enter employment.
The project developed a result of Optical Express’s Chief Executive David Moulsdale’s chairmanship of RNIB Scotland’s New Appeal fund. In recognition of 3 years’ heavy involvement and the company’s substantial support, the centre was named Moulsdale House and opened by Princess Anne.
Optical Express has been backing the STV Appeal since it was founded in 2011 to help the most vulnerable children in the country.
Each year, we donate the use of our contact centre facilities in Glasgow, where our team members work voluntarily to take donation calls for the campaign. We’ve also participated in a variety of fundraising events for the Appeal over the years, to help tackle child poverty in Scotland.
We launched our Thanks a Million campaign in July 2017. Following a national survey commissioned by Optical Express which discovered that the people who work in the emergency services and the NHS were “most deserving of our thanks”, Optical Express donated £1 million worth of laser eye surgery to these dedicated workers.