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£120,000 grant for sight loss charity

£120,000 grant for sight loss charity

by Danielle Thompson (October 2020)

A SIGHT loss charity has been awarded a grant of £120,330 to help them to support Sefton and West Lancashire residents during the pandemic.

Galloway’s received the funding from the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust’s Charity Survival Fund, an independent grant-making charitable fund.

The money will help Galloway’s to continue supporting blind and partially sighted people during the pandemic.

This includes welfare calls and regular group telephone activities, often with a guest speaker. The charity also offers assistive technology support online or over the phone, as well as an online Get Active programme by way of virtual walks and Zoom sessions. 

Galloway’s has launched an Alexa Skill, where people can listen to a range of talking newspapers and find out what virtual events are going on. The charity also offers specialised video calling assistance through the global Be My Eyes app.

Nicola Hanna, head of income generation at Galloway’s, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen out of so many applicants to receive this money. It is a staggering amount and will really make a difference to blind and partially sighted people across Lancashire and Sefton during this difficult time.

“It has been a tricky few months, as we have not been able to rely on our usual income streams. But this funding allows us to continue helping people with sight loss stay connected to our support and activities.”

A spokesperson for the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust added: “When reading through the many applications for the Charity Survival Fund, we were struck by the number of charities which are doing vital work supporting communities across the country. We are thrilled that Galloway’s will be able to continue to offer help and support to people, at a time when the pandemic has made its work more important than ever before.”

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