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Galloway’s gives visually impaired people a Spring in their Step

Sue is holding a yellow gift bag and Peter is holding a plant
Sue Cowen and her husband Peter with the spring basket

Blind and partially sighted people in the Lancaster district have been given a spring in their step thanks to a gift from Galloway’s, funded by Morecambe Bay Foundation.

Sight loss advisors Pam, Jenny and Pauline have been delivering spring baskets to 40 visually impaired people aged between 70 and 90 as part of their Spring in Your Step project. Each basket contained a houseplant, talking clock on a keyring, chocolate and a voucher for the charity’s social enterprise cafe, Brew Me Sunshine, in Morecambe.

The project was funded by a grant of £975 from Morecambe Bay Foundation’s Urgent Response Fund Coronavirus.

Pam Whitaker, Sight Loss Advisor at Galloway’s in Morecambe, said: “Spring in your Step is about giving people hope for the future and improving wellbeing. We want to encourage them to feel confident to go out, starting with a trip to Brew Me Sunshine with a voucher when restrictions allow from May 17th.

“We want to thank Morecambe Bay Foundation and Lancaster CVS for the funding to do this. We also want to show our appreciation to Morrisons in Morecambe for providing discounts for the chocolates and Ashton Road Garden Centre for discounted prices on the plants.”

Sue Cowen, of Lancaster, who has had a retinal condition from birth, was one of the lucky people to receive the gifts. She said: “It was a lovely surprise and completely out of the blue. It was genuinely a nice gesture from Galloway’s and makes me feel really thought about.”

Galloway’s provides support across Lancashire and Sefton and is now looking forward to resuming face to face sight loss support from its centre in Victoria Street, Morecambe, from May 17th. This is by appointment only.

This coincides with the site’s Brew Me Sunshine cafe reopening on that date, following the Government's date of allowing indoor hospitality to resume.

The Urgent Response Fund Coronavirus. Graphic shows logos for: NHS Morecambe Bay CCG, Morecambe Big Local; Lancaster City Council, Westminster Foundation, NFU Mutual, Francis C Scott Charitable Trust, Eric Wright Charitable Trust and Lancaster District CVS

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