Car­ing group hopes for show of sup­port

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OFF THE RECORD -

JUST two months af­ter set­ting up her emo­tional sup­port group for blind peo­ple, Susan Aiken says she wants to ex­pand it.

The Blind and Par­tially Sighted sup­port group (BAPS) has around 10 peo­ple com­ing to fort­nightly meet­ings at the Wil­lows cen­tre in Brook­field Road.

Now Susan, who started BAPS af­ter she lost her sight six years ago, says she and co-founder Chris Gilkes want to in­crease the ses­sions to once a week.

She said: “It’s on a fort­nightly ba­sis at the mo­ment, but the group mem­bers keep push­ing for a weekly ba­sis, so we will need more fund­ing for that.”

Last Tues­day, 15 peo­ple from the group met to hear Jed Stacey from Guide Dogs for the Blind speak­ing about how to train and look af­ter dogs.

Any­one who can help with fund­ing, or would like coun­selling and sup­port, should call Susan on 07796 403487.

Ini­tial fund­ing for BAPS came in the form of a £1,900 Com­mu­nity Cham­pion grant from the Kent Com­mu­nity Fund.

Pic­ture: Terry Scott pd 1205317

Founder Susan Atkins with vis­i­tor from Guide Dogs for the Blind Jed Stacey and his dog

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