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Open Sight awarded £42,000 for heritage project
9:30am Sunday 9th September 2012 in News
A HAMPSHIRE charity has hit the lottery jackpot – and plans to use the money to delve into its archives.
Eastleigh -based Open Sight, which helps blind and partially-sighted people, has been awarded £42,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
They are planning a huge project to document the history of the charity and the people they have supported.
Vision of the Past will include recorded memories and firsthand accounts of Hampshire residents that have lived with sight loss since the 1920s.
Changes in attitudes to disability, advances in technology and the determination of many people to remain active members of society despite visual impairment will be some of topics tackled by the project.
Chief Executive Tessa Barrett said it would preserve the stories for future generations.
She said: “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has chosen to support this initiative and we are very excited about the opportunity to leave a legacy for the younger generation. “We are so often humbled and amazed at the achievements made by those with a visual impairment and sometimes saddened too. “But it is their incredible journeys and their stamina that makes this so worthwhile."