Society needs your help

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Christmas should be a time of celebration and happiness as we share gifts, time and meals with family and friends.

The shops and high streets have been fully decorated well in advance of the actual big day and everywhere people are rushing about doing their Christmas shopping and making final preparations.

As we get closer to the Christmas holidays, family members begin the journey home to spend time with loved ones. Delays on road, rail and air travel only dampen the Christmas spirit temporarily.

Here at Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind, we are only too aware of the other side of Christmas.

Many people not only suffer from sight loss but many live alone and have little or no family to support them.

For them, Christmas can be a time of isolation and deep loneliness. The loss of sight in itself is very often followed by depression – it is very difficult for those of us with sight to even imagine what it must be like to lose it.

Recent research undertaken by the Society involving more than 3,500 people registered as blind or partially sighted demonstrates the huge need there is for a specific counselling and befriending service.

I am writing to ask s if people would consider giving one extra gift this Christmas which will be used exclusively by the Society to fund a counselling and befriending service.

All donations received will enable the Society to establish this special service to provide support, friendship and companionship to some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to “Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind” and sent to the address below.

All donations will be received and acknowledged.

I do hope people will feel able to help the Society with this service.

Richard Wood,

Executive Officer,

Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind, Foyle Street,

Sunderland