An opticians has helped raise hundreds of pounds for the Manx Blind Welfare Society to assist the 600 plus people dealing with serious sight loss on the island.

Specsavers on Strand Street in Douglas sponsored the latest Sporting and Dining Club event with celebrity explorer and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes, at the Royal Hall, Villa Marina.

Attendees dug deep

Attendees to the event dug deep and raised £453.92 for the charity which helps those suffering from visual impairment on the Isle of Man.

The proceeds raised at the event will go towards the costs of the various services the charity provides. As the Manx Blind Welfare Society receives no governmental funding and offers its services free of charge, it relies heavily on donations.

Charity provides a wide range of services for those with serious sight loss

The charity provides a wide range of services aimed at improving the lives of those suffering with sight impairment, these include; weekly social group sessions, home visits, a befriending scheme, a weekly audio news service and an audio library designed especially for those with serious sight loss.

The money raised will also go towards giving people the opportunity to try their hand at various fun activities including acoustic shooting, a sport specially designed for those with sight impairments which relies on hearing rather than sight and kayaking lessons.

Debbie Kenyon, Volunteers Coordinator & Events Organiser at the Manx Blind Welfare Society says the donation has provided a real boost for the charity: ‘It was wonderful news to hear that Specsavers had nominated us as their chosen charity for this Sporting and Dining Club evening as the money raised will really help us to further support those on the island suffering from sight loss.

‘The generosity of businesses like Specsavers as well as the local people is much needed to continue the services the charity provides.'

The Sporting and Dining Club is a membership organisation which brings celebrities from the worlds of sport, business, entertainment and politics to speak at events held at locations across the island.

Rugby player Martin Johnson to speak at next event

The next event is set to take place at the Palace Hotel with former international rugby player, manager of England and motivational speaker Martin Johnson.

Adrian Higgins, store director at Specsavers in Douglas, says: ‘These events are a great platform for raising vital funds for charities across the island and we are proud to support them.

‘The Manx Blind Welfare Society work relentlessly to improve the lives of those suffering from sight loss on the island and so Specsavers are proud to be able to support them’.

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