Published 9 March 2016
Abigail Beaney, Sight Support Derbyshire’s Trusts, Grants and Legacy Fundraiser, accepts the cheque from (left) Shigeru Teramoto, Managing Director, Toyota Manufacturing (UK) Ltd, and (right) Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director and Trustee of Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust.
Funding for a Derbyshire sight loss charity will help broaden the horizons of local blind and visually impaired people.
Sight Support Derbyshire has been awarded £1,500 by the Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust, which will be used for outings and day trips for people who are at risk of becoming isolated because of their eye condition.
Abigail Beaney, Trusts, Grants and Legacy Fundraiser for Sight Support Derbyshire, accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity. She said: “Losing your sight has a dramatic impact on someone’s life. Facing difficulty doing everyday tasks you’ve taken for granted can undermine your confidence, and if you find it hard to go out, loneliness can set in very quickly.
“Our programme of outings gets people out of the house and back doing the things they’ve always enjoyed. It also enables them to meet others in a similar situation, and the social support they get from that has a really positive effect on their wellbeing.”
Sight Support Derbyshire was just one of the local charities and organisations awarded a total of £220,240 by the Trust.
Ms Beaney added: “Toyota made us feel very welcome, and it was great to be reminded of all the wonderful work being done by all the different charities in the area thanks to the company’s support.”