A charity supporting visually impaired Islanders, has received a £1,000 donation from Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes after a cheque was handed over at the charity’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Sight for Wight, in Newport, provides help and support to people on the Isle of Wight who are impacted by sight loss. The organisation arranges several 1-to-1 group activities every month for its members. It produces weekly talking news, runs an audio library, and works closely with each individual to help them lead a safe an independent life.
As part of Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ Community Fund, which gives to worthy causes in the region, the charity has now received an important financial boost.
Lisa Hollyhead, CEO, accepted the cheque on the charity’s behalf and said:
“We had a wonderful time at our Jubilee celebrations and to receive this cheque from Barratt and David Wilson Homes on the day, was the icing on the cake.
“Sight for Wight is principally funded by donations, legacies, and fundraising events, and this vital funding means that our annual Sight Loss Open Day in September can be a much larger affair. The day is a coming together of commercial organisations and other local charities and gives a space for people suffering from sight loss to meet others in the same situation.
“With Barratt and David Wilson’s support, we’ll be able to get in touch with people who we’ve previously found hard to reach. We’re very grateful.”
It was after the developers heard about the exceptional work that Sight for Wight were doing for the community, when they decided to step in and help.
The £1,000 cheque was presented at the charity’s Jubilee-themed afternoon tea event, where members of the community had the chance to tuck into some delightfully British-inspired sandwiches and cakes.
Lord- Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon attending the event said:
“For a small charity like Sight for Wight, a donation of this nature makes a significant difference to the work that can be done, and it is always heart-warming to know that the Isle of Wight is not forgotten.”
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Sight for Wight is the working name of one of the Island’s oldest charities, the Isle of Wight Society for the Blind, established in 1895. With a small core of employees, the valuable support and services offered to visually impaired Islanders by Sight for Wight are only made possible with the generous support of the 100 volunteers who give up their time in many different roles.
Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ Community Fund is a dedicated financial resource that helps to support local causes which improve the quality of life for those living in the region.
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