Experience made Val want to give something back

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SPALDING has a new branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association with around ten members already keen to fundraise for the charity.

Branch organiser Val Delve said a number of events are in the pipeline, including a collection at Springfields on September 18.

New members are welcome – whether sighted or blind – to help with the work of the branch.

Mrs Delve (63) said she first became a supporter of the charity about ten years ago when she developed an eye problem – a macular hole – and treatment for that left her without sight in one eye for about six weeks.

She said: “You experience what it’s like to lose your sight but only for a short period.

“When you actually meet blind people you actually begin to realise what they are going through.”

The branch has three members with guide dogs. Mrs Delve said: “It would be lovely to have some more members. It is only going to be occasionally when we all need to meet up.”

Guide Dogs spokeswoman Charli Collins said: “There are so many ways to volunteer. We are looking for fundraisers that can help with a street or store collections a few times a year, volunteer drivers for the helpers in the branch and collection box coordinators who place and empty counter boxes that raise vital funds.

“Volunteering is rewarding – you know you are making a difference to the lives of blind and partially-sighted people.”

nFor more information on Spalding branch – or to volunteer – contact Mrs Delve on 01775 760250.