Mr Men is the first of many...


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BUCKS Freema­sons have worked to­gether to raise funds to pro­vide lo­cal child with a Braille Ma­chine.

Mem­bers of the county’s branch of the fra­ter­nal and char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion came to­gether this sum­mer to raise funds to pro­vide lo­cal child, Dex­ter Ward, with a braille ma­chine, al­low­ing his mother to train him in read­ing braille.

Dex­ter suf­fers from a rare con­di­tion called in­fan­tile glau­coma, which has caused him to lose al­most all his sight.

Bucks Freema­son’s stepped in when both the NHS and the RNIB stated that they were un­able to pro­vide a braille ma­chine on loan un­til Dex­ter reaches five years of age.

By this time, Dex­ter is ex­pected to be com­pletely blind, mak­ing the teach­ing more dif­fi­cult.

In or­der to raise the funds re­quired, Bucks Freema­sons ran a cof­fee morn­ing at New­ton Longville Free Church Hall, invit­ing all mem­bers of the Buck­ing­hamshire Freema­sons.

The well-at­tended event raised £3,700, from mem­bers of the Ma­sons, Winslow Lions and Church rep­re­sen­ta­tives, which sur­passed the tar­get, al­low­ing Dex­ter’s fam­ily to pur­chase a Tiger Cub braille em­bosser and will en­able him to use it into his teenage years and be­yond.

The Braille em­bosser has now been pur­chased and is be­ing used to print braille books by Dex­ter’s par­ents.

Mrs Ward said: “I was as­ton­ished and de­lighted by the turnout and funds raised for Dex­ter.

“The ma­chine al­lows us to con­vert books to braille, in­clud­ing Dex­ter’s favourite Mr Men books.

“We type the words into the braille soft­ware which then con­verts it into the dots and then feed a clear sheet of ac­etate into the em­bosser which punches the braille onto it.

“We then cut the side off the book, in­sert the ac­etate pages and then re­bind the book. Dex­ter loves his new book which will be the first of many. We would very much like to thank ev­ery­one for their gen­eros­ity in help­ing a lit­tle boy ac­cess his favourite books.”

“It was so great to see ev­ery­one come to­gether for such a wor­thy cause,” added Tom Davies, Provin­cial Grand Tyler, Buck­ing­hamshire Freema­sons.

“We’re de­lighted to have helped make such an im­pact on Dex­ter’s life and it was heart-warm­ing to see pic­tures and hear just how much Dex­ter is en­joy­ing his read­ing.”

Dex­ter en­joy­ing his favourite Mr Men Book

The fundrais­ing cof­fee morn­ing at New­ton Longville

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