14 June 2015
Staff and volunteers from Sight Support Derbyshire get behind the MCF vote
Sight Support Derbyshire is urging the public to get behind a bid to win £25,000 funding for the charity’s hospital advice service, which offers support and information to people who have been told they are losing their sight.
The charity is appealing to all its friends, supporters and service users to vote online to help them receive a £25,000 Community Award from the Freemasons.
As part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, and Sight Support Derbyshire is one of those selected.
Each of the nominated charities will receive a grant, but the public vote will determine how much they receive, ranging from £4,000 to £25,000. Those who want to show their support for the sight loss charity should visit the MCF website mcf.org.uk/vote,select the Derbyshire page and vote for Sight Support Derbyshire. The voting period ends on Monday, 31 July.
Claire Winfield, Chief Executive at Sight Support Derbyshire said: “Our staff and volunteers based in hospital Eye Clinics provide a crucial first point of contact at a very vulnerable time. Patients tell us they offer them hope and make them feel they are not alone, while hospital consultants say our service is invaluable.
“A grant of £25,000 would make a huge difference to our work. I would urge anyone and everyone to go online and vote for Sight Support Derbyshire. Please remember that every single vote counts.”
The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all of its funding from Freemasons and their families. It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33m goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.
Steven Varley from Derbyshire Province Freemasons said: “We are proud to be able to support many charities across Derbyshire, but in this special 300th anniversary year we want to involve the public, as well as local Freemasons, in deciding which of the nominated charities should benefit most. I urge everyone to visit the website and vote.”
To vote for Sight Support Derbyshire to win up to £25,000, visit mcf.org.uk/vote
You can also vote by phone by calling Sight Support Derbyshire's Fundraising Team on 01332 287027 during office hours, Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm.