Charity bags cash help from shoppers

Generous shoppers in Wednesbury have raised more than £280 to help people living with visual impairment in the region. A bag pack at the Morrisons store on Holyhead Road in Wednesbury on Friday 7th February saw £281.03 collected for the Beacon Centre for the Blind.

The charity’s community fundraising officer, Jo Field, said: “We are very grateful to all those shoppers who donated their loose change into our collecting buckets. Every penny will go towards supporting local people with sight loss, helping them to live more independent lives.

“We also want to thank the fabulous volunteers who helped out on the day, packing bags and collecting money – without them we wouldn’t be able to staff fundraising events like this, so their contribution is vital.

“We desperately need more people to help with future bag packs and supermarket collections across the West Midlands and Staffordshire. If you think you might be able to donate some of your time – even just a couple of hours – please contact us on 01902 880 111 to find out more.”

The Beacon Centre for the Blind offers a full range of facilities and support to blind and partially sighted people, including a mix of residential, day care and community services.

More than 3,000 people in the community receive support from a team of dedicated outreach workers and social groups can meet at the Sedgley centre to participate in arts and crafts, music, fitness and IT sessions.

The charity also operates seven charity shops across the West Midlands, which deliver much-needed funds through sales of quality donated items and a selection of new goods. Money raised from the shops – in Wolverhampton, Bilston, Bloxwich, Wednesbury, Cannock, Halesowen and the centre in Sedgley – supports a range of services for people of all ages living with a visual impairment.

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