Tributes to a ‘figurehead’

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The chairman of a group which helps blind and partially sighted people participate in art and craft activities, has died.

On December 16, members from View Craft and Riding for the Disabled joined family to say goodbye to ‘great friend’ Percy Cox.

In 2007, Percy became chairman of View Craft (Visually Impaired Eastbourne and Wealden Craft). He held a firm belief in the value it offered to blind and partially sighted people.

His particular craft was caning chairs and he produced excellent professionally-finished work, including commissioned pieces. Percy was also an experienced carriage driver and enjoyed Herons Ghyll Riding for the Disabled. For several years, until his eyesight deteriorated, he acted as transport manager, ensuring the safe delivery of blind members to craft sessions.

Percy did sponsored walks and collected in aid of Guide Dogs. His current dog, Joy, attended the funeral. In his role as chairman Percy was a great ambassador who represented View Craft to demonstrate his craft work and to receive money on its behalf from local charities. Members said he kept them entertained with his anecdotes and “cheeky sense of humour”.

He is sorely missed by View Craft and Herons Ghyll RDA.