Talbot Village Trust supports Dorset Blind Association's new shop

CEO of DBA Jonathan Holyhead, Lord Lieutenant of Dorset Angus Campbell, Shop Manager Gary Ward and DBA volunteers
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Talbot Village Trust has provided Dorset Blind Association with £10,000 to enable the charity to open a new shop in Christchurch town centre. Dorset Blind Association (DBA) opened its first shop in Ferndown last year and has been able to open its second shop in Christchurch’s Saxon Square, due to receiving the required funding from the grant giving charity. The shop opening is part of an ongoing programme which aims to have a minimum of six charity shops operating across the county. This project will not only generate income for the charity, it will also help raise public awareness of DBA’s work and the shops will act as local hubs in the community.

Jonathan Holyhead, chief executive officer of Dorset Blind Association, said: “We are so grateful to Talbot Village Trust for their kind and generous support of our charity shop project. This project is absolutely crucial to the future delivery of our key community support service, which helps blind and partially sighted people across Dorset adjust to living with serious sight loss. It means that we are able to support those in the community to still lead full, healthy and socially active lives, as independently as they choose. The Trust’s donation is an investment which will help us to generate income to fund our services for many years to come, which in return will benefit many visually impaired people in East Dorset.”

Russell Lucas-Rowe, Trustee of Talbot Village Trust, added: “It is a pleasure to have supported DBA with the necessary funding to open their second shop in Christchurch. We are proud to have been given the opportunity to not only present the charity with the funding required to open the shop, but to have also enabled it to open earlier than expected.

“The new site in Christchurch is the perfect location within Saxon Square and I hope the local community will pull together to support the shop, whether this is by donating good quality items or purchasing goods.”

Talbot Village Trust meets biannually, and will be accepting applications for funding from both previous and new applicants in the area before the end of January 2019. Please go to www.talbotvillagetrust.org for more information.

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