Blind Foun­da­tion in need of helpers

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

By SVEN HERSEL­MAN If there is a need and you are able to help why wouldn’t you?

That is the mantra be­hind the vol­un­teers of the Marl­bor­ough Mem­bers Sup­port Group who give their time for the Blind Foun­da­tion.

They help with things like driv­ing blind foun­da­tion mem­bers, fos­ter­ing see­ing eye dogs un­til they are old enough to start train­ing, or just ring­ing up mem­bers for a chat.

One vol­un­teer, Sue Bin­nie has been giv­ing her time as a puppy walker for the past 12 years. Al­though the ti­tle sounds like she just takes the pup out for odd walk it ac­tu­ally en­tails car­ing for it for a year.

‘‘The idea is that I take the puppy with me wher­ever I go to get it used to all sorts of so­cial sit­u­a­tions, be­cause that is what it would do when it be­comes a guide dog,’’ Sue says.

She takes the pup she is car­ing for to the movies, restaurants, to town for shop­ping or just the park to in­ter­act with other people and dogs.

Ron Mills has been vol­un­teer­ing his time as a driver for the past eight years. Be­fore that he drove for the Red Cross for 14 years do­ing meals on wheels de­liv­er­ies.

Al­though well into his re­tire­ment years him­self, Ron feels if he can help out then he will.

‘‘You meet some in­ter­est­ing people Golden hearts: Mem­bers of the Marl­bor­ough Mem­bers Sup­port Group for the Blind Foun­da­tion, Ron Mills, left, Sue Bin­nie, Liz Nor­ton and Dawn Mor­ris. They and other group vol­un­teers were treated to a lunch last week to thank them for their ser­vice. and make some good friends. I still stay in touch with some of the people I used to deliver meals to when I was with the Red Cross,’’ Ron says.

Marl­bor­ough Mem­bers Sup­port Group sec­re­tary Ann Cook says the ser­vice the vol­un­teers pro­vide is in­valu­able. Driv­ers are en­ti­tled to claim back for the petrol they use but none of them ever do, she says.

‘‘We have won­der­ful vol­un­teers. We are a bit short of driv­ers and are al­ways keen for more vol­un­teers,’’ Ann says.

To get in­volved con­tact Ann on 03 577 6818.

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