At 4Sight Vision Support, a little joy has been spread to their 2,000 members, all of whom are living with sight loss.
When Coronavirus caused the UK to go into lockdown, 4Sight Vision Support were forced to close their centres, stop running their 36 clubs and support groups and cease all other face-to-face services.
In response to this unprecedented situation, the charity quickly adapted the way it worked by providing support remotely, offering advice on eye health, assistance with specialist equipment, emotional support and guidance around assisted tech devices and apps.
Living with sight loss can be incredibly lonely and isolating at the best of times – and many of their members will have experienced this at some point – however Coronavirus made the situation a lot worse.
Chief executive, Nik Demetriades said: “Coronavirus continues to have a huge impact on people living with sight loss. Our members have felt lonely, isolated and at times very vulnerable. Many have not left their homes in the past four months. We recognised the need to go the extra mile and do something which would help to lift our members’ spirits at this difficult time.
“So, in May we set out to fundraise just over £10,000 to enable us to make up a ‘Kindness Pack’ for every member. Thanks to the generosity of local Trusts Funders, West Sussex County Council and the local community we have been able to provide every one of our members with a Kindness Pack, helping to lift their spirits and let them know we are here for them at this challenging time.
“Thank you to everyone involved for helping to make this happen and to our wonderful volunteers who helped us with the massive task of getting the packs sent out!”
The pack included a large print crossword book, sight loss friendly pen, a poem by the Blind Poet, newsletter, tea and biscuits.
The charity would like to thank and acknowledge the generous support of the funders who enabled this project to take place, including: Sussex Community Foundation, The Kathleen and Sidney Linkins Trust, Mid Sussex District Council, West Sussex County Council, Bid Food Worthing, Schoolcraft, Waitrose Chichester and Waitrose Storrington as well as individual donors. They would also like to give credit to Dave Steele, The Blind Poet, for allowing them to include his Covid-19 Poem in the packs, too.
Now in its 100 th year, 4Sight Vision Support provides free help, advice and guidance to help people living with sight loss in West Sussex rebuild their confidence and continue to be active members in society.
4Sight Vision Support is a registered charity, reliant solely on voluntary donations to help raise the £500,000 it costs to deliver their services every year.
If you need help with sight loss issues, would like to volunteer or support fundraising events across the county then get in touch today. Call: 01243 828555 or visit: 4sight.org.uk