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Blind charity launches desperate call for help

Members of the Eastbourne Blind Society outside their hall. Left is Deirdre Dean, chief executive of the society. Longstone Road. August 2014. SUS-140822-144339001

Members of the Eastbourne Blind Society outside their hall. Left is Deirdre Dean, chief executive of the society. Longstone Road. August 2014. SUS-140822-144339001

Leaders of a charity dedicated to Eastbourne’s blind and visually impaired community have launched a critical appeal for more volunteers.

Unmanned minibuses and committee vacancies have staff at Eastbourne Blind Society, based on Longstone Road, concerned that services will be hit if nobody steps forward.

The charity, which celebrated its 90th anniversary last year, is a hugely significant hub for around 800 blind and visually impaired residents.

Chief executive Deirdre Dean said, “This is a wonderful place to volunteer.

“It’s really welcoming, and friendships are made here that last outside of our building - not just with other volunteers but with the people they come to help as well.”

The society is currently manned by around 55 volunteers, but in recent years has found itself increasingly desperate for more support.

Minibus drivers are particularly needed, with good social skills an essential part of ferrying members to events. The society currently runs 11-12 trips a day.

The group also currently lacks a treasurer, and people to work in its eye clinic service in Eastbourne’s District General Hospital.

Beyond that, anybody with a particular skill or interest to share - particularly in bowls - will be made very welcome.

For information on volunteering, contact Deirdre on 01323 729511, or email: info@eastbourneblindsociety.org.uk.

 

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