Local charity in running for £25,000 grant
Local independent charity Southend Blind Welfare is one of the nominated charities for the Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Awards Tercentenary Fund. The charity is in the running to receive a grant for £25,000.
The grant will be awarded to the charity with the most public votes so Southend Blind Welfare are asking for everyone in Southend to vote for them and help continue the services they offer to the estimated 6000 plus visually impaired people in Southend Borough.
Lucy Martin, Chief Executive of SBWO says: “If we were to receive the £25,000, it would make a huge difference to us as a small local charity. We do not receive any statutory funding and so it is a struggle to raise the funds to help all the people locally who are living with a sight loss. We have seen a rise in the number of people visiting and calling us in the past year. Our aim for the future is to offer our services such as IT drop-ins, coffee mornings, sight loss workshops and guiding training to more volunteers”.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation is celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2017 and has set up the special Tercentenary Fund to help 300 charities. The vote is open to all and every vote is important. Voting is online at www.mcf.org.uk/vote. Select the Essex region and search for Southend Blind Welfare Organisation.
For more information about the work of Southend Blind Welfare Organisation, please go to www.sbwo.org.uk or call 01702 342131.