CEO at Sight Support Derbyshire

Claire Winfield was appointed as the CEO at Sight Support Derbyshire in January 2013.  Claire joins us from the Royal Air Forces Association where she worked as the Director of Welfare.


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The Duke of Devonshire, KCVO, CBE, DL

"I'm delighted to witness an innovative business partnership between the charity and Flint Bishop Solicitors. Their work together creates a fantastic opportunity to promote legacy giving and ensure that blind and partially sighted people throughout Derbyshire receive the support and services they deserve."

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Judy Taylor - A Tribute

Judy Taylor

We are sorry to learn of the death of our trustee, Judy Taylor, who died at home in Duffield at the age of 81 on 12th July 2016.

Claire Winfield, Chief Executive of Sight Support Derbyshire, said: “Judy was an active member and trustee of Sight Support Derbyshire for many years. She always promoted the need for services for blind and partially sighted people and was an excellent example and role model of what can be achieved by someone living with sight loss. She was a great inspiration and will be sadly missed.”

Despite losing her sight at the age of one as a result of measles, Judy attended mainstream school until the age of nine. She then attended Bristol Royal School before passing a scholarship for Chorleywood College, a grammar school for girls with little or no sight.

Although no other blind person had been accepted at a teacher training college at that time, Judy was determined to teach and, supported by her headmistress, obtained a place at St Gabriel’s Teacher Training College in London.

After qualifying as a teacher she taught in a secondary school for girls in Rugby for three years. From there she moved to The Parks County Secondary School in Belper, where she taught for 12 years before leaving to have her first child.

She returned to teaching, holding a number of posts and qualifying to teach students with visual impairments and also learning difficulties. In1987 she was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to blind people in Derbyshire.

In 1991 Judy became Fundraising Manager for the East Midlands Guide Dogs for the Blind, covering Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. After her retirement, she became a trustee for Sight Support Derbyshire.

Judy was instrumental in setting up a lunch club in Duffield for local visually impaired people. She wrote on this website: “I have been virtually blind for almost all of my life. So, for me it has been a way of life, finding ways of doing things for which the majority of people use their sight.

“It was after I retired that I met a number of people who had lost sight in adult life, either through illness, accidents, or advancing years. Many of these people adjust magnificently, some never quite adjust, but how much more difficult life is for them than it is for those like me who have never seen.”

Sight Support Derbyshire is a charity that is dedicated to improving the lives of people with sight loss throughout Derbyshire. Every year we provide services, support and advice and information to at least 9500 registered blind and partially sighted local people.










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