Hailsham charity for the blind receives £800 boost in funding

East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People receive cheque donation of �800.
East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People receive cheque donation of �800.
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A charity for blind and partially sighted people have received a funding boost of £800, thanks to fundraisers from a Hailsham care home.

Staff from Bowes House in Hailsham raised £800 for the East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially-Sighted People (ESAB) which has its headquarters in Hailsham.

The charity was chosen by the care home to benefit on a regular basis from events held at Bowes House, which opened its doors for the first time over the summer.

Care home manager Alison Barnes said she was impressed by the way ESAB worked closely with its members to meet their needs and enable them to lead independent lives.

She said: “We work closely with the charity ourselves and some of our residents are benefitting from the services they offer and so they make a very worthy charity of choice.”

Care UK which owns Bowes House boosted the fund-raising with a £500 donation and the rest of the money was raised through raffles, a harvest supper and entertainment evenings organised by volunteer Mary Laxton and weekend receptionist Jean Mann.

Chief executive of ESAB Daniel Brookbank said he was grateful for the generous donation which would help to cover the travelling expenses of the charity’s User Reference Group which consults regularly with members gathering feedback from those who use the charity.

The cheque was presented to Mr Brookbank, and trustee Sue Slade, on Friday (November 15) by Bowes House customer relations manager Anne Morris and volunteer Mary Laxton.

Sue Slade chairs a Herstmonceux group of ESAB members which meets every other month at Bowes House in Battle Road, Hailsham.

She said: “The facilities here [at Bowes House] are superb.”

ESAB support workers also go into Bowes House to meet residents who particularly enjoy the talking book library service offered by the charity.