Topsham's sight-loss centre celebrates with facelift

PUBLISHED: 16:30 03 August 2015

Michael Caines joined staff, trustees and guests at Devon in Sight this week. Ref ext 5638-30-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Michael Caines joined staff, trustees and guests at Devon in Sight this week. Ref ext 5638-30-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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A Topsham sight-loss charity is hoping it can offer more support to those who need its help following a relaunch event.

Devon in Sight marked its 90th anniversary with the relaunch of its Holman Way resource centre, following an 18-month refurbishment.

In that time, the layout of the resource centre has been changed and new equipment has been added.

There are also plans to operate the Topsham facility on a ‘day-to-day’ basis.

It is hoped the changes made to the centre will mark ‘a shift in culture’ for the charity and will allow them to provide a better service.

Charity CEO Grahame Flynn believes these improvements will allow them to follow the national objectives created by the UK vision strategy.

He said: “It is very exciting to be reopening the centre.

“In the past, we have provided services and support, which have been greatly valued by individuals.

“Going forward, our aim is to support people in their sight-loss journey – supporting them when they deal with the emotion and shock often associated with their diagnosis.”

The event also celebrated the partnership between Devon in Sight and the Exeter Foundation – the charitable arm of Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club.

Michael Caines MBE, a trustee of the foundation, officially re-opened the centre and announced that Devon in Sight had been chosen as a designated charity for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup.

A memorial bench dedicated to former Devon in Sight trustee Elizabeth Hubbick and funded by her husband David was also unveiled.

Grahame Flynn also thanked Tammy Falloon, from St Bridget Nurseries, which donated flowers to ‘revitalise’ the sensory garden.

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