Firms rally round to help Lancashire blind charity cope

Photo Neil Cross'Galloways staff are appealing for help raising �1m extra as 22% more people are going blind in Lancashire'Bob Mills, local visually impaired man and a Trustee at Galloway's with Stuart Clayton, Chief Executive of Galloway's

Photo Neil Cross'Galloways staff are appealing for help raising �1m extra as 22% more people are going blind in Lancashire'Bob Mills, local visually impaired man and a Trustee at Galloway's with Stuart Clayton, Chief Executive of Galloway's

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A week after it was revealed the number of visually impaired people in Lancashire has soared 20 per cent in 10 years, businesses have come forward to support a local charity’s call to raise £1million.

Firms including Moore and Smalley, the Frank Whittle Partnership, St George’s Shopping Centre, Chorley Building Society and the Eric Wright Trust are among offering support to Galloway’s Society for the Blind.

The Penwortham-based charity needs help to deal with added pressure on services including emotional support, guided trips, equipment and talking newspapers.

The Eric Wright Trust will help to fund Galloway’s outdoor pursuits programme this year.

Mr Wright said: “The charity does a great job of promoting independence within the sight loss community and our staff know that anything we do to help goes a long way.”

Emma Russ, fundraiser at Galloway’s said: “We’re delighted that within this last week, all these well-known local businesses have pledged to support us for the next year. They have all offered help in a variety of ways, FWP for example will sponsor our flagship event the Morecambe Bay Walk, Moore and Smalley will take part in some fundraising events for us and St George’s Shopping Centre has confirmed that we have again been chosen as one of their three main charities to support.

“We need the support of the public now more than ever to ensure we can be available for the 37,000 people in Lancashire living with sight loss and with pledged support like this, we feel confident that we’ll reach our goal.”

Donations can be made by calling 01772 744148, texting Gall25 £5 to 70070 or emailing enquiries@galloways.org.uk