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Charity "Relieved" Young Persons Club is Saved from the Brink in Dorset

Blind Group

7:33am 24th June 2014
(Updated 11:06am 24th June 2014)

A club for young blind people in Dorset, has been saved from closure.

We ran the story on Wessex FM about the Dorset Blind Association's plea for funds, and Basepoint Business Centres have stepped in.

They've given the charity the final £3,000 they needed to hit their £12,000 target.

Jaya Da Costa is Fundraising Manager for Dorset Blind.  She's been telling Wessex FM about the moment they found out about the generous donation.

"I was speechless on the phone, shortly followed by shrieks of delight from the rest of the staff.  It's such an important club it's just so much of a relief to find out we're not going to have to close."

Dorset Blind Association is an independent charity supporting people with sight loss throughout the county. The charity does not receive any fixed central or local government funding and relies entirely on a combination of voluntary donations, membership fees and grants.

Carly Thompson, Regional Manager at Basepoint, comments: "We're owned by a charitable trust, The Act Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality for of life for those in need, so as soon as we heard about Dorset Blind's appeal, we wanted to help - such charities are vital for the local community. When I called to donate, the reaction from all at Dorset Blind was one of sheer delight - I am just so pleased we helped them hit their goal."

Stella Brading is the centre manager at Basepoint in Weymouth.  She told Wessex FM;

"We just wish them all the best - and hopefully people will keep on supporting them and they can take the club from strength to strength."

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