Visually impaired children receive boost from Mark Benevolent Fund

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Roy Neville accompanied by Martin Schoolkate attended an activity session at Washington Leisure Centre for visually impaired children. A cheque for £1,000 was presented on behalf of the Durham Mark Benevolent Fund to a wonderful Charity called “ Useful Vision “ which organises days out and activity sessions for visually impaired children and their families.

With a very limited budget this impressive Charity arranges a range of activities including amongst others ice skating, swimming, sailing, zipwire, trampolining, archery and wall climbing. In his address, Roy noted that in one year, 114 different activities had been arranged benefiting 827 visually impaired children. Parent Louise Carlyle-Mitchell received the cheque on behalf of the Charity and pointed out that 12 year old Jack, who was present on the day, had recently completed a half-marathon and was proving to be a very talented athlete.

Following news of our intention to make a donation, Trustee Donna Barkess, daughter of Doug, expressed her delight and observed that this sum would finance at least 2 days out for visually impaired children and their families.