28 April 2020
The Beacon Centre for the Blind was established more than 145 years ago and its purpose of supporting people with sight loss to live fuller, more independent lives has never wavered. However, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic the charity has had to cancel many of its usual activities and close its shops, resulting in a loss of around £25,000 a week.
But despite these financial challenges, the team at Beacon have worked tirelessly to transform their services overnight so they can continue help those in need in these difficult times.
Beacon has created an emergency response team to help with essential support such as shopping and medication collection. There has also been a surge in demand for its virtual services such as telephone befriending, with almost 300 new people signing up in the past few weeks. The staff are providing 24-hour care at the Beacon Court care home, and the charity’s chief executive has even moved into the centre to help the 28-strong team care for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
The sense of isolation and frustration we are all feeling in our everyday lives now is something the people with sight loss battle daily. Beacon will not leave them on their own during this time of crisis.
Visit the Beacon appeal website to find out more about how you can support the charity.