We are incredibly proud to be celebrating 100 years as charitable organisation.
The Blind Society was set up by Rex Furness in 1923 following a devastating accident that left him blind in 1917. These were the days before the NHS and councils would provide support, so there was little available and Rex wanted to help people in similar situations to him. Rex understood that the aspirations of blind people was no different to those with no sight impairment and he aimed to ensure those aspirations could be met by providing a chance to work and earn.
Today, VIP is supported by 5 trustees, 5 centre staff, 4 home visitors and a team of dedicated volunteers who support by driving the VIP minibuses and helping out at the twice weekly lunch club.
We will be holding the VIP 100th birthday celebration on the afternoon of Wednesday 10th May, we are delighted to welcome are VIP’s, The Deputy May & Mayoress, volunteers and supporters for afternoon tea, whilst All Things Swing sings songs from days gone by and we reminisce.