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Cash boost will mean a brighter future for Essex sight charity

An Essex charity which supports blind and partially-sighted people has been boosted by a £10,000 grant.

From Press releases - 5 March 2015 12:00 AM

An Essex charity which supports blind and partially-sighted people has been boosted by a £10,000 grant.

The cash from UK Power Networks will be used to fund Support 4 Sight’s Brighter Homes project which addresses fuel poverty and in-home safety for people with sight loss in Essex.

UK Power Networks delivers electricity to eight million homes and businesses in the East of England, London and the South East.

The Brighter Homes project will enable the charity to provide low-energy daylight bulbs for people with poor eyesight. The bulbs produce a brighter, clearer light that helps visually impaired people to maximise their remaining sight and reduce the likelihood of falls.

Volunteers will carry out home lighting assessments, fit low-energy daylight bulbs and promote energy efficiency which will help beat fuel poverty. Many blind people live in badly-lit homes because they are frightened to use lighting and heating for fear of high electricity bills.

It is hoped that the project will increase independence for people coping with sight loss by helping them to stay safe in their home while reducing their electricity bills by using low-energy bulbs.

Madeleine Cassidy, Director of Support 4 Sight, said “This wonderful project will enable Support 4 Sight’s community team to support the independence and in-home safety of local blind and partially-sighted people, who are particularly at risk of trips and falls.

“We are very grateful to UK Power Networks for the grant and for appreciating the importance of supporting services to people with sight loss in their communities in Essex.”  

The charity was given the money through the UK Power Networks Power of Giving Fund, which has helped many community projects, particularly those which enhance energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty.

Matt Rudling, UK Power Networks’ Director of Customer Services, said: “There is so much good work being carried out in communities, to help create a better life for many people.
“Through this scheme we have supported those charities and organisations and helped give something back to the communities where we live and work.”