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‘Keep it local’ call by concerned charity behind Boxmoor’s Social Centre For The Blind

Herts Society for the Blind, from left, outreach support worker Dawn Bunting, chief executive Ron Pickford, outreach support worker Vicky Palumbo and service user Tina Shaw.

Herts Society for the Blind, from left, outreach support worker Dawn Bunting, chief executive Ron Pickford, outreach support worker Vicky Palumbo and service user Tina Shaw.

A grassroots charity that befriends blind people living in the county has put out a call for volunteers and donations.

It comes amid fears that the Herfordshire Society for the Blind, which runs Boxmoor’s Social Centre for the Blind, could miss out on support after the national charity RNIB placed a series of adverts in local newspapers requesting help.

Workers from the Herts-based good cause point out that it is the only charity of its type working locally on the ground, going into people’s homes and offering support and running workshops, courses and social activities.

Outreach support worker Vicky Palumbo said: “We are definitely not here to run the RNIB down but we are not just an advice line, we are people’s friends – we know the names of their cats, the schools their children go to. The national charity is very much at the end of the phone.

“If we have got big charities stealing our volunteers it is stopping us from being able to do the things we need to be doing.

“If we died as a charity tomorrow, they wouldn’t be stepping in.”

Visit www.hertsblind.com, contact Dacorum outreach worker Dawn Bunting on 07825 330648 or donate via localgiving.com by searching the charity’s name.

 

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