Charity has high hopes for the future

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.

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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.”

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