Advice at Vision Day
A CHARITY set up to support blind and partially sighted residents is hosting an event so more people can benefit from its advice.
Macclesfield Eye Society is hosting its third annual Vision Day at Macclesfield Town Hall on Friday (May 12).
Visitors can meet a range of suppliers who provide assistive technology of all types, alongside many local organisations who can provide support and advice relating to independent living.
People can also learn about the charity’s 140 Club, which provides vital financial support.
Alan Chappell, charity manager, said: “Much of our time is spent talking to people individually, whether in person or on the phone, aiming to assist where possible to achieve independent living.
“Many of our clients have for the first time learned the mysteries and benefits of smartphones and tablets.
“Apart from this, we also like to have fun. Thriving social groups in Congleton and Macclesfield always welcome new attendees and soon we will start similar drop-in groups in Poynton and Wilmslow.
“Every month our Audio Book Group meets to discuss an interesting book from a free library service.”
The charity employs two part-time staff, manager Alan and service co-ordinator Helen van der Veken, and a team of dedicated volunteers, and receives no income from government or contracts.
Helen and Alan recently raised £600 for the charity by taking part in the Rotary Club of Macclesfield Castle’s Swimathon.
The pair, along with family members, swam 224 lengths.
Membership of the 140 Club costs £15 a year and gives members a chance to win £50 in a monthly draw.
For more information about the charity or to join the club, go to www. macclesfieldeyesociety. org.uk.