ABDO benevolent fund

Benevolent fund

The ABDO Benevolent Fund provides support to its members, past and present
(or their dependants) who are struggling generally due to an unforeseen
change of circumstances such as redundancy, bereavement, illness,
relationship breakdown etc.

Who is eligible:

Members, past and present, of the Association of British Dispensing
Opticians. The Fund may also help dependents of members.

We cannot award grants for:
Private healthcare
Private education
Legal fees

How to apply:

Contact Jane Burnand on 07939 936827 or email jburnand@abdo.org.uk



All enquiries will be handled in strictest confidence. Any ABDO member can make a charitable donation to the fund.

Help beyond ABDO

StepChange provides free, confidential, and expert debt advice. They offer solutions by way of debt management plans and provide ongoing support for as long as clients need their help.

Turn2us is a national charity providing practical help to people who are struggling financially. Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to benefits and grants. Their benefits calculator takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will tell you which means-tested benefits you may be entitled to, including child tax credit. Their grants search can help look for funds or other types of help.


Help for students

The Benevolent fund occasionally receives requests for help from students who are self-funding and having difficulty paying for course fees. In this situation, students should apply to the ABDO Education Trust which exists for this purpose.  Students in severe financial need, however can apply to the Benevolent fund, provided they are ABDO members.

A further source of help for students (who have completed one year of study)  is the Wiseman Memorial Fund, which is administered by the OSA.

The Spectacle Makers’ Charity offers a limited number of bursaries for first year students across all optical professions.