National blind group celebrates 45 years of visiting Eastbourne
More than 70 blind and visually impaired people will attend the celebratory social weekend in Eastbourne from tomorrow (October 14) until Monday (October 17). The National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFB UK) has enjoyed visiting Eastbourne since 1976. Fiona Musgrove, who has led this year’s organising team, said: “We have been very impressed by the support given by the Cumberland Hotel including providing menus for Weekenders to either Braille or use on their smart phones over the weekend.”
Even during the Pandemic, the annual visit was continued through Zoom, with the support of the Virtually Eastbourne Team. Jessica Beal, who took over as chair of the London branch in January 2021, said: “We worked with members of our branch, using their existing skills, and learning new ones, to minimise the anxiety and isolation which became magnified during the series of lockdowns from March 2020 and into 2021. We’re proud to have supported the Virtually Eastbourne team whose series of events were so beneficial to many of our community in reducing their social isolation.
“Now in 2022, we want to celebrate the work done by so many other members including Valerie Clarke and Ted Herbert who started the weekends in the 1970s. The Eastbourne Revellers team have worked incredibly hard to put on another fantastic range of fun activities for our members and friends during the weekend. I’m very much looking forward to all that’s on offer.”