Peggy has a wild time at cen­tre for the blind

Warwickshire Telegraph - - YOUR LIFE -

WHEN helper David Monks of Coven­try Re­source Cen­tre for the Blind asked War­wick­shire Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary to visit, he did so with a par­tic­u­lar lady in mind.

Peggy, who is deaf/blind and un­able to speak, loves an­i­mals. David had thought the wildlife sanc­tu­ary might bring in some small, cute an­i­mals – such as hedge­hogs and rab­bits. In­stead they brought along a large ea­gle owl, an al­bino ferret with de­men­tia and a 6ft boa con­stric­tor!

Peggy, one of a num­ber of mem­bers of The Mon­day Club for the Blind at the cen­tre, spent a long time stroking the huge snake and man­aged to say the words “thank you”.

The Mon­day Club has had many fas­ci­nat­ing speak­ers and en­ter­tain­ers, in­clud­ing Coven­try’s po­lar ex­plorer Mark Wood and singers in­clud­ing Phan­tom of the Opera star Dave Wil­letts.

The Mon­day Club is one part of the Coven­try Re­source Cen­tre for the Blind, on Earls­don Av­enue South, which is buzzing with fun and ac­tiv­ity since be­ing taken over by vol­un­teers, lead by Rosie and Tr­ish, who are un­paid helpers them­selves. The cen­tre was re­cently awards the Queen’s Golden Ju­bilee Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice with a pres­ti­gious event at St Mary’s Hall.

Deputy Lord Lieu­tenant Ur­sula told Coven­try’s Talk­ing News­pa­per for the Vis­ually Im­paired: “Only the best get this award.”

Visit coven­try­blind.co.uk or call 024 7671 7522 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Peggy spent a long time with the 6ft boa con­stric­tor DO you have any spare toys or books that could make the dif­fer­ence to a child this Christ­mas?A Sikh char­ity is col­lect­ing books and toys in Coven­try to give to needy young­sters in time for the fes­tive pe­riod.The Wa­he­gru Foun­da­tion has launched the win­ter char­i­ta­ble ini­tia­tive in con­junc­tion with The Chil­dren’s So­ci­ety.The drive is in hon­our of those who fought to de­fend the poor, the hun­gry, the home­less and the op­pressed.Mata Gu­jar Kaur and the Four Sahibzade were the mother and the young chil­dren of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji. They were ex­e­cuted by the Mughal regime in In­dia for not com­pro­mis­ing their faith and have huge sig­nif­i­cance for the global Sikh com­mu­nity.

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