VIDEO: Fundraiser for independent county sight charity

Members of a Kettering-run charity group have enjoyed a strawberry and tea social afternoon.

The members of the Kettering Sight Centre also took part in a quiz and a raffle, which helped raise funds for the centre’s work with blind and partially-sighted people in north Northamptonshire.

Stefanie Weldon, the marketing manager of Northants Association for the Blind, said: “It is a social event aimed at regulars and new members who come together to enjoy good company and good food.

“The sight centre is a facility for giving help to people with sight problems and for carers. We offer support and information to those who need it and we also have specialist equipment on display.

“We are a social centre for people that need advice, and also those that just want to come and make friends.”

Sight centre opened in 2009. Next door is the charity shop, and any profits raised from the shop keep the sight centre running.

Trevor Wilson has been going to the club for almost two years. He said: “I like coming to the centre because I have a good group of friends and it’s nice to come here and enjoy the company of others.”

Linda Miller, a visually impaired member of the club who has been attending for about a year, said: “It is nice to meet new people with the same problem because it means we can support each other and compare notes.

“The centre is a very friendly and social place and most people come here to have a chat and enjoy the activities.”

Tracie Bull visually impaired volunteer at the club said: “People just want to be able to sit and chat and we are lucky to have somewhere to come and do this.

“This is good particularly for the older members of the club who might just want to get out of the house.

“I am a volunteer with the computer activities and it’s nice to come to the club because not only does it help me, but helping out with the activities means I can help other people too.”