MORE than 150 volunteers and supporters marked 100 years of a Hampshire sight loss charity.

Open Sight Hampshire, based in Eastleigh, was established in 1922 as the Hampshire Association for the Care of the Blind and provides a variety of services to help adults and children who have a range of sight conditions.

To celebrate the centenary, a special event was held at Marwell Hall & Zoo to showcase the charity’s services as well as pay tribute to the legions of volunteers who have kindly given their time to the charity over the years.

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It was also a chance for service users of all ages to come together and socialise.

Guests enjoyed a celebratory lunch in the beautiful gardens of Marwell Hall, complete with a glass of bubbly and listened to the live music of local visually impaired pianist, Jimmy Alderson.

There were also activities for children and a chance to meet dinosaur Spike – the zoo’s mascot.

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David McKeigue, Chief Executive of Open Sight Hampshire, said: “We were delighted to welcome our guests to the special celebration lunch, especially our service users and the volunteers who have supported us over the years.

“To reach a milestone such as a centenary is a remarkable achievement and testament to our dedicated staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to help our visually impaired clients. Living with a sight condition can be very isolating. Even day-to-day tasks can feel daunting. We are incredibly proud to have helped thousands of people of all ages across the county who have a sight loss condition continue to have a fulfilling life.”

Open Sight Hampshire offer a range of services for all ages including community-based Sight Hubs offering technology support and independent living advice; an eye health awareness and sight loss prevention scheme in schools and the ‘This VI (Visually Impaired) Girl Can’ project.



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