Celebration day at Support 4 Sight

08 November, 2017 - 10:04
Support 4 Sight Focus Day. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Support 4 Sight Focus Day. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

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An Uttlesford sight loss charity held a focus day on Tuesday as it celebrated a new range of equipment.

Support 4 Sight Focus Day. Paul Atkins thanks Chris Porter. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTSupport 4 Sight Focus Day. Paul Atkins thanks Chris Porter. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Support 4 Sight, based in George Street, Saffron Walden, unveiled a new plaque on its shop front, which was recently revamped thanks to funding from Saffron Walden Golf Club.

The men’s, ladies’ and seniors’ captains in 2015/16 all chose to support the charity in their year at the helm, and between them raised more than £17,000 for the organisation.

The cash was used to buy equipment, including a more accessible phone system for the charity’s volunteers running the Sensory Befriending Careline – which runs across Essex – magnifiers and scanners.

Joined up with the celebration was a focus day with visual aid supplier Orcam, who make a scanner which clips onto people’s glasses and can read menus and other documents while the wearer is out and about – a piece of kit particularly supported by men’s captain Chris Porter.

Saffron Walden mayor Cllr Dr Richard Freeman with Barclay - not quite a guide dog. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTSaffron Walden mayor Cllr Dr Richard Freeman with Barclay - not quite a guide dog. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Taking part in the day were the three golf captains, as well as Uttlesford District Council chairman Geoffrey Sell and Saffron Walden mayor Richard Freeman, both of whom have chosen Support 4 Sight as one of their charities this year.

Paul Atkins, resource centre and volunteer manager for Support 4 Sight, said: “It was a fantastic day, and we want to say a big thank you to the golf club for raising the money to help us better serve the community.

“Since the new shop front has been installed our footfall has increased, so it has raised our profile in Saffron Walden.

“The £17,300 raised by the golf club helped us to buy a range of equipment, including the Orcam, as well as more leaflets.

“The Orcam device, for the visually impaired that’s a really portable device to help you get out and about.”

Support 4 Sight is also opening a new centre in Chelmsford next week, on Monday, November 13.

The facility, on the first floor of the Age Concern building in 17 Cottage Place, will offer appointments on Mondays and drop-in support on Wednesdays.

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