Charity sets its sights on helping more members after donation

Christine Lawton and Leonard Sharpe of Spalding Macular Society Support Group, accept a �250 donation from trustees of the Dash Holiday Homes charity in Spalding, Christine Lawton and Trudy Bennett (right).  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Christine Lawton and Leonard Sharpe of Spalding Macular Society Support Group, accept a �250 donation from trustees of the Dash Holiday Homes charity in Spalding, Christine Lawton and Trudy Bennett (right). Photo by Tim Wilson.

People with poor eyesight in Spalding can get extra help from a support group after a gift from a town charity.

Spalding Macular Society Support Group member Christine Lawton and leader Leonard Sharpe were presented with a cheque for £250 from trustees of the Dash Holiday Homes charity in Spalding, Angela Newton and Trudy Bennett (right).

Mr Sharpe, who received the Chairman’s Award for Volunteering from the society last year, said: “The group starts its second year in Spalding on April 14 when we will have our annual general meeting at St Thomas’s Road Methodist Church in Spalding.

“We are here to support people with eyesight problems and it’s quite a vibrant group.”

Mrs Newton said: “DASH ((Disabled Action South Holland) Holiday Homes was formed in 1983 to provide holiday accommodation for local disabled people.

“Public appeals and fundraising efforts raised a little over £13,000 to purchase a new bungalow in Skegness which was adapted to be user-friendly for disabled people and wheelchair users.

“The bungalow was let from March or April each year until around September and a large proportion of users were repeat customers from previous seasons. “Unfortunately, local usage declined over the years and in 2012, with usage continuing to decline and the caretaker resigning, the trustees took a decision to sell the bungalow.

“The Trustees also decided that the proceeds of sale and accumulated funds should be distributed to organisations locally to benefit disabled people.”