Charity has high hopes for the future

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 September 2012

Guests at Topsham charity Devon in Sight's annual meeting.

Guests at Topsham charity Devon in Sight's annual meeting.

Archant

Topsham charity Devon in Sight has reflected on a year of success at its annual meeting.

Around 120 people attended the event, held at Exmouth Pavilion, to hear about the charity, which provides services for blind and visually impaired people.

Among the guests were visually impaired Olympic torchbearer Barrie Goodfellow, and visually impaired Exmouth woman Debbie Frost, who raised more than £500 for the charity earlier this year by climbing Mount Snowdon.

They heard Devon in Sight director of services Martin Pallett tell the meeting about how the charity had grown over the past year.

Mr Pallett said: “The charity has been on a huge journey over the last two years, and we are seeing many more people than in the past at our resource centres in Topsham and Totnes.

“Our outreach programme is really taking off, and we are reaching more than 1,000 people because of it.

“Over the last 18 months or so, we have recruited more than 300 members, and that number is growing almost daily.”

Mr Pallett said the charity now hoped to continue its growth.

“We are a small charity, but we are ambitious for the future.

“We want to develop more activities at our Topsham resource centre.

“We want to expand, we want to do more, but our priority must be securing funding to continue our work.”

The meeting also saw the charity elect Steve Buckell, Samm Legg, Elizabeth Hubbick and Peter Wareham as new trustees.

There was also a question and answer session from eye health experts, and stalls from organisations including the Exmouth Talking Newspaper, the RNIB, Moorvision, Guide Dogs and Living Options Devon.

After the event, Mr Pallett said: “We were delighted to have so many visitors to the annual meeting, and to hear so many questions about our organisation and its work.

“These gatherings really are an opportunity for our members to help shape our future.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

52 minutes ago

Firefighters from Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary, Exmouth, Honiton and Exeter were all mobilised to the scene.

Read more
Yesterday, 22:57

Crews from across East Devon tackle flames - with property said to be ‘fully engulfed’

Read more
Yesterday, 19:00

Marks and Spencer’s Foodhall in Exmouth is to welcome customers for the first time tomorrow and the Journal will be there for the grand opening.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:19

Woodbury Castle in the mist by Richard White wins our iwitness24 photo challenge, My Countryside.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:15

Devon’s ‘highest ranked’ brass band, from Lympstone, is to represent the West of England in the national finals.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:51

Devon County Council’s public health team is warning people to be ‘tick aware’ as they get out and about in the countryside, due to the risk of health problems including Lyme disease.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

Exmouth town crier Roger Bourgein has received the latest donation to a fundraising campaign for him to attend the International Town Criers Competition in Bermuda.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

Budleigh Salterton’s popular museum will be opening for the new season next month - and will be celebrating a special landmark this year.

Read more
Mon, 14:18

Ian Shaddick, from Lympstone, has been jailed for eight months at Exeter Crown Court. Shaddick, who has a history of mental illness, attacked the police and his family, brandished a knife at officers and slashed the tyres of a car.

Read more
Mon, 12:30

An Exmouth 10-year-old with autism is seeking help from the town to raise funds and awareness.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications