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Local classic car rally, Shere Hill Climb, has donated a fantastic £500, to Sight for Surrey from its event last September. The money will go towards supporting people in Surrey who are blind, visually impaired (VI), Deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing.

Sight for Surrey support over 7,500 children and adults in Surrey with visual impairments in many different ways such as providing long cane training so individuals can still be independent and go out and about whilst our deafblind friendship group put on events like tandem cycling in Bushy Park and basket weaving. Our children’s team organise a plethora of fun and frolics from pizza making, Go-Karting and assault courses to VI soft play events for the whole family to enjoy.

From left to right; Richard Duncan from Orchard Rise, Martin Warner from Shere Hill Climb, Callum Russell, Gary Eady & Bob Hughes, Chief Executive from Sight for Surrey.

Richard Duncan (pictured far left), from Orchard Rise Cider Apple Farm, whose land hosts the event, has benefited from technology support from Sight for Surrey as he suffers from Age Related Macular Degeneration. Gary Eady, Access Technology Trainer at Sight for Surrey, supported Richard showing him how to access a feature on his iphone called ‘Voiceover’ which reads aloud the icons on the Home screen, his emails and text messages. Gary also showed him a few specialist apps, including one, ‘Seeing AI’, that allows printed documents to be read aloud by simply pointing the rear facing camera at the page. This will allow Richard to continue using his technology as his sight deteriorates.

Bob Hughes (pictured far right), Chief Executive of Sight for Surrey said, “we are delighted to benefit from this generous donation that will help us support other people like Richard in preparing themselves for eventual sight loss.”

The next Shere Hill Climb is set for Sunday 6th September 2020 and Sight for Surrey is looking forward to being there on the day, experiencing the thrills and squeals of this unique local event. To enter the Shere Hill Climb visit www.sherehillclimb.co.uk. For more information on the support available from Sight for Surrey visit www.sightforsurrey.org.uk. For more information on Orchard Rise visit www.orchardrise.co.uk

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