Charity is fighting for survival

A VOLUNTARY group for the blind is struggling to survive and needs to raise £30,000 this year to carry on its work.

West Suffolk Voluntary Association for the Blind moved its headquarters to the Disability Resource Centre on Moreton Hall, in Bury St Edmunds, this month to save £8,000 a year after public grant money was cut.

Alan Webster, the group’s chief executive, took voluntary redundancy in February to cut overheads.

Trustee Neville Broadbent said the recession had made it very difficult for them to raise the money they need to go on.

He said: “We have 1,200 members in West Suffolk who rely on our work but we have hit hard times.

“We are struggling but will keep fighting to survive.”

The group tackles social problems blind people face and help them to regain their independence.

Mr Broadbent said: “If someone is diagnosed with an incurable eye disease and are told it will never get better, it is a massive shock to the system.

“We provide that vital support to get them through the hard times – it can often be a very isolating experience being blind. There isn’t a charity in the area that does what we do, so it is vital that we are able to carry out our work.”

WSBA would like to hear from benefactors who would like to make a legacy in their will. Anyone interested in volunteering for the charity can telephone 01284 748822 or email volunteers@wsvb.org.uk