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Chorley store workers raise funds for the blind
6:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
Big-hearted staff at a Chorley opticians will be fundraising for a charity which provides help and support to blind and partially sighted people.
On Saturday, October 19, the team at Boots Opticians in Market Walk will be taking part in a special day-long event with a raffle and tombola to raise funds for and awareness of Action for Blind People, which is the company’s chosen charity.
They will be supported by other retailers in Market Walk including Boots, B&M and Costa.
A shining example of those who receive strong backing from the charity is the Wright family of Euxton, near Chorley.
Stuart Wright and his wife Lorraine have two children both of whom have had a visual impairment since birth due to the genetic condition retinal dystrophy which affects the back of the eye.
Neither Stuart or Lorraine have any sight problems but they both have a gene which when passed on to their children has resulted in the visual impairment.
Son Ben, 11, has some central vision and only around 10 per cent peripheral vision, while his seven-year-old sister Amy’s condition is more severe, leaving her with only limited colour and light perception.
But their condition hasn’t stopped either of them enjoying a fun and active lifestyle.
Both are at mainstream schools, Ben having just started in the first year at Broughton Business and Enterprise College in Preston, while Amy attends Euxton C of E Primary School near her home.
Ben and Amy have benefited from the services of Action for Blind People since they were very young as members of Actionnaires - a national network of 27 clubs developed by the charity.
Dad Stuart said: “Actionnaires helps the children get involved in all kinds of things they wouldn’t normally have the chance of doing. That includes sport, craftwork and trips out.
“It not only arranges all these activities but also gives help to families which means you meet up with parents who have faced similar problems.”
“I’d certainly urge as many people as possible to go along to the special event and give the charity their support.”
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