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Charity For The Blind Say They're On The Brink

Blind Group

6:48am 20th June 2014

A life changing charity that helps people in Dorset who're suffering with sight loss, say they're on the brink.

The Dorset Blind Association has just 8 days left to save their Young Blind Club after a loss of lottery funding and a raft of cutbacks.

If they can't raise £3,000 by Friday 27th June they face closing their working persons group.

The Dorset charity regularly provides everyday advice and activities for 1,500 people and they organise days out for people so they can socialise and do things they wouldn't normally be able to do, like kayaking and football.

The group under threat has 40 service users of working age.

Chris Ford uses the Blind Association and says it's been a lifeline for him:

"They gave me a lot of support and practical advice. It was just someone to talk to who understood where I was as a person and my own feelings. It gave me the confidence to interact socially with other people outside the group. It basically gave me my independence back."

"People with sight loss feel very isolated; being with the group makes you really feel like you're not alone."

Jaya Da Costa is from the Dorset Blind Association and told us being blind can be very lonely:

"Almost a third of people who register blind, never or rarely go out, which means they can be very lonely and depressed. Our club stops that from happening, but it's not just the people we've already helped, it's the people who might need our help in the future, we want to be available to help them."

Dorset Blind Association has taken to Twitter to boost their fundraising drive and you can help spread the word by using the hastag #whatwouldyoumiss

Dorset Blind Association helps 1,000 blind or partially sighted people each month, but receives no regular government funding for this and relies heavily on donations.

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