Last Thursday 24th February 2022, Helyn Clack, Chair of Surrey County Council, along with HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux and Bob Hughes, Chief Executive of Sight for Surrey unveiled a special Braille commemorative plaque to mark 100 years of providing essential support to people in Surrey who are blind, vision impaired, Deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind.
The charity has held an association with Surrey County Council since it was first formed on 24th February 1922 when the responsibility of creating and maintaining a blind register, providing social welfare, selecting applicants for pensions and benefits and ensuring blind children of school age were being educated, was bestowed upon the charity by Surrey County Council.
Bob Hughes, Chief Executive of Sight for Surrey said, “from our humble beginnings supporting 496 people in Surrey to over 8,000 today, this celebration marks the wonderful work of our staff, volunteers, supporters and fundraisers. As we go forward into our second Centenary we will continue to evolve and grow and support many thousands more people with a sensory loss in Surrey.”
Helyn Clack, Chair of Surrey County Council said, “I am so pleased to be here to celebrate the Centenary of Sight for Surrey who are an important partner of Surrey County Council providing valuable support for vulnerable people with sight and hearing loss in Surrey. The charity has an amazing group of dedicated staff and volunteers and it is wonderful to see so many of them here today”.
HM Lord Lieutenant Michael More-Molyneux and President of Sight for Surrey said, “I am amazed that Sight for Surrey is 100 years old. When I first visited the charity I was so impressed by all the work they do in helping people with a sensory loss adapt. I am hopeful they will receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June to mark all the amazing work they do.”