Following the award from the MCF of a grant of £15,000 a visit was made to the charity Sight Concern which cares for 3500 people in Worcestershire who suffer from loss of sight. (It is calculated that there are over 7500 in Worcestershire who suffer sight loss).
Some 40 years ago my Mother received help from this charity when her eyesight failed. After we were assisted to sign in wearing special glasses, which reduced our vision to almost nothing, we were given the everyday task of making a cup of coffee. However, filling a cup with boiling water when you cannot see is not only difficult but dangerous, it was achieved with the aid of a small sensor which sounded when the cup was full. A little more modern than 40 years ago but in essence just the same as the one used by my Mother.
We were then shown how modern technology has advanced providing talking microwaves, gadgets telling you the colour of the clothes you are wearing, computers and mobile phones designed to aid the visually impaired. One simple App. will call a “volunteer” who will be able to read the contents of the tin you have in your hand and recite the cooking instructions to you, brilliant.
Our visit lasted for over two hours during which our knowledge of technology was put to shame by one lady who has benefited from these advancements and the support the Charity had given enabling her to lead a full and rewarding life.
This local Charity which received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service this year has improved the lives of so many since being founded in 1880 and will continue to support the community for many years to come. We could not have a more deserving recipient and the grant of £15,00 from the MCF is an example of your charitable donations returning to the Province for the good of Freemasons and the all who require our support.
W. Bro.David Dey
Prov. Grand Charity Steward