Sunny for open gardens

Homecall Garden SUS-150307-115319001
Homecall Garden SUS-150307-115319001

By pooling available resources, talents and skills, supporters have raised a bumper amount for Homecall, the charity which enables people with impaired vision to live independent lives.

Cranston Avenue neighbours Jeanie and Peter Stiles and Rita and Barry Wright hosted an open gardens event on the afternoon of Saturday June 27 which was blessed with warm sunshine.

Homecall scheme manager Leah Norman set the scene, wearing a colourful butterfly costume in Homecall-themed yellow.

The adjoining gardens were gaily decorated. Jewellery, book, jigsaw, crafts and plant stalls provided plenty for supporters to spend their money on and volunteers were kept busy throughout a busy afternoon serving cream teas on the lawn.

This is the 30th anniversary year of the charity which was saved from oblivion by the efforts of its leaders. The needs of a total of 55 visually-handicapped clients are currently cared for by volunteers who work on a one-to-one basis. At the end of a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon Leah Norman thanked the hosts and the army of volunteers and told the sun-lit assembly: “Thank you for coming to support us today. Without all of you we could not have had the fabulous day this has been.”

The event attracted 130 paying visitors and raised £2,079. However, thanks to event volunteer Peter Blatchly’s employers Barclays Bank this could be augmented by up to £1,000.

Homecall provides a free service for the visually impaired.

Through a network of volunteers , Homecall offers regular visits to visually impaired clients to help with a variety of tasks made difficult by sight loss.

One of the most valued aspects of having a volunteer visitor is the opportunity for friendship and support on a regular basis. This helps increase independence and relieves isolation for the visually impaired.

Most clients who avail themselves of the Homecall service are registered blind or partially sighted, although registration is not always necessary to qualify for help from the charity.

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