A helping hand for … East Sussex Association for Blind

24th October 2012

Hastings Direct's Community Programme Supports East Sussex Association for Blind

Hastings Direct's community programme — A Helping Hand — is supporting the East Sussex Association for Blind and Partially Sighted People (ESAB) with £100 donation to assist with costs of running a monthly support group in Bexhill for partially sighted or blind local residents.

Hastings Direct's A Helping Hand makes financial, professional and physical support available to the local community. Each month Hastings is able to offer either professional support from its 1,300+ staff, or physical support with team building days. In addition, Hastings has made a small monthly grant available to support local funding.

The ESAB (Registered Charity Number: 209535) was launched in 1921 and has helped thousands of people regain their independence and confidence by providing support in their local area. For just £10 a year, members of the ESAB have access to training, equipment, social activities and use of the organisation's extensive Talking Library.

Daniel Brookbank, CEO, ESAB: "We are very grateful to Hastings Direct for its generous and on-going support. In these financially difficult times businesses as well as charities are feeling the pinch so it is heartening that an organisation like Hastings Direct puts in so much to help its local community".

Jay Wootten, chair A Helping Hand: "The monthly support group run by Daniel and his fellow volunteers is a valuable lifeline to those who are blind or partially sighted as it provides information such as free bus travel, discounted TV licence and advice on how to overcome the loss of sight. We are pleased to support ESAB which is such a worthwhile cause as sight is something we all take for granted".

If you know of a local organisation in need of A Helping Hand, please email jaywootten@hastingsdirect.com for an application form.

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