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People over 50 to be given sight loss support thanks to a generous donation to Galloways

Posted on - 16th November, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities
Leader of West Lancs freemasons Tony Harrison trying out special eyewear demonstrated by partially sighted volunteer Patrick White

More than 200 visually impaired and lonely local people will be given vital practical and emotional support, thanks to a grant of £57,000 to Galloway’s Society for the Blind from West Lancashire freemasons.

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The grant supports the ‘Be Seen’ project aimed at people over 50, who will be given specially tailored support plans to cater for their individual interests and needs including advice about the latest technology and equipment. 

The overall aim of the project is to help blind and partially sighted people to reduce loneliness and establish a sustainable support network for the future. 

As well as the very practical elements of the package, Galloway’s will provide much-needed emotional support, to combat the depression and isolation that so often accompany sight loss.

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Head of Income Generation and Communications for Galloway’s, Nicola Hanna, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the West Lancashire freemasons have chosen to support Galloway’s.

“This generous grant means we can reach even more people who might be struggling with the effects of sight loss, and who might be feeling isolated and depressed.

“Our goal is that nobody should have to face sight loss alone.”

Tony Harrison, leader of West Lancashire freemasons said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to help Galloway’s with their hugely important work. Sight loss can be devastating, and the practical and emotional support that Galloway’s gives to thousands of visually-impaired people is absolutely crucial.”

The grant from West Lancashire freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

To find out more about how you can protect your eyes please visit www.galloways.org.uk 

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