Donation Means More Fun For Visually Impaired Children

3 February 2015

Children with sight loss in Derbyshire will be enjoying confidence-building activities and trips thanks to a generous donation.

Susan Cain, on behalf of the St James’s Place Foundation, presented Kevin Gregory, Sight Support Derbyshire’s Children’s Services Manager, with a cheque for £2,032, to enable the charity to continue to run its monthly activity group for visually impaired children living in and around Derby, as well as activities during the school holidays.

The St James’s Place Foundation is the charitable arm of the St James’s Place Wealth Management Group Plc.

Kevin Gregory said: “The children love the chance to meet new friends and to try out new activities in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The new experiences help build their confidence, and their parents appreciate having some time to themselves knowing that their children are well cared for.”

Susan Cain, Director from Campbell Cain Wealth Management Ltd which is a Partner Practice of St. James's Place, added: "At St James’s Place Foundation ‘Cherishing the Children’ is our largest theme and is aimed at supporting disadvantaged and disabled young people.

”Sight Support Derbyshire provide a strong presence at the Derby Royal Hospital helping children and their families affected by loss of sight and encouraging them to become involved with a range of activities. It is a pleasure to support them for the fourth year running."

Sight Support Derbyshire, formerly known as Derbyshire Association of the Blind, is the only local charity which provides services for children and adults with sight loss. The grant will also help give children and parents support to access services that they need, both provided by the charity and by other organisations, and help towards the cost of running services for children, which includes providing information in the Children’s Hospital eye clinic at Derby Royal Hospital.

Members of the monthly children’s group enjoy arts and crafts, cookery, large ball games, and take part in talent evenings, themed evenings and games nights. Some of the school holiday activities are family days, so siblings can spend time together and with others, regardless of whether they are fully sighted or visually impaired.

The vast majority of funds raised by the St James’s Place Foundation come from fundraising or generous donations made by the Partners and employees of St. James’s Place each year. These funds are then matched pound for pound by the company. Over the last 22 years the St. James’s Place Community has raised and distributed in excess of £40 million to good causes.

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