Chris Grayling awards as guest of honour at an Epsom-based charity’s AGM on Wednesday (23rd September). The event was held at Epsom Racecourse and celebrated the achievements of SeeAbility staff and volunteers.
The charity, which works with people with sight loss and multiple disabilities, has its national head office in Epsom. Staff provide care and support for 230 people across the South of England, as well as specialist input from rehabilitation, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy or assistive technology to enhance independent living skills.
Over 240 volunteers also devote their time to assisting in activities like reading, cookery, theatre and even a tandem cycling club.
Nominees from local services in Surrey as well as further afield in Bristol, Devon, Somerset, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent came together along with individuals supported by SeeAbility.
David Scott-Ralphs, SeeAbility Chief Executive, said: “As the charity has grown our awards have become an opportunity to celebrate the amazing dedication of an expanding team of staff and volunteers across the country. Our services are busy places and we rarely get the chance to come together, but for the last few years the event has provided an excellent way of sharing and celebrating good practice.”
Also praised was the work of the charity’s countrywide public health charter that helps people with learning disabilities look after their sight and a new SeeAbility Campaign that is offering sight tests to children in special schools.
Chris said: “Having attended the grand opening of SeeAbility’s Ashtead service in 2014, it was a real insight to hear more about the work the charity does across the country. It was a pleasure to meet the people SeeAbility supports, and both the award nominees and winners.”
- SeeAbility is a UK charity supporting people with sight loss and multiple disabilities to live the life they choose.
- SeeAbility enrich the lives of people with sight loss and multiple disabilities by providing specialist support enabling as much independence in life as possible. They support people to develop the skills and make the choices they want to enjoy a fulfilling life.
- SeeAbility shares their expert knowledge to raise awareness and increase access to eye care and vision services for people with learning disabilities.
- SeeAbility is a registered charity number 255913
Issued by: Nick Pryce
Media enquiries: Nick Pryce, Media and Communications Officer, 01372 755047 or 07854952377 n.pryce@SeeAbility.org