Premier League club West Ham Chairman, David Gold, has been appointed as Sight for Surrey’s first ever Business Ambassador.

Mr Gold, who is also chairman of Gold Group International – which includes Ann Summers and has an annual turnover of £150 million – has more than 50 years of business expertise and in joining the charity, he will champion visually impaired (VI) people in the work place and mentoring schemes to support VI people seeking employment.

This appointment follows the recent launch of Sight for Surrey’s Employment Group which was set up to recognise and address members who either require support in the work place or in finding suitable employment in Surrey.

Mr Gold said: “I am very pleased to be able to help empower blind and visually impaired people to use their skills and talents in the work place and to stand alongside them in their battle to make employers understand their value.

“We are in a good position to understand that, as we had to work hard to become accepted and valued in the High Street.  So we are well equipped to help visually impaired and blind people with their individual struggles to be accepted.”

Sight for Surrey’s Employment Group supports VI people of working age in Surrey who are either in work or who would like to be in work and any young VI people coming to the end of their schooling or further education.

For further information contact Lou Devine, Marketing and Communications Manager, Sight for Surrey, email: or tel: 01372 377701 Ext 257