Golfers raise more than £1,000 for sight loss service

Press Release | 06/12/2017

Golfers have welcomed a new service for older people with sight loss to Paisley by raising £1,140 in one year.

The Paisley Golf Club Ladies’ Section selected Royal Blind as their charity of the year for the past 12 months after learning about its brand new care home, Jenny’s Well, in Hawkhead Road.

Fundraisers from Paisley Golf Club Ladies' Section smile at the cameraThe service is the second ever care home in Scotland specialising in sight loss. It is modelled on the charity’s Edinburgh home, Braeside House, offering nursing care, including to those that may have other medical needs such as dementia

The first residents have now moved into the 54-bedroom home.

The Ladies’ Section held various events including a Christmas lunch, Lady Captain’s Day raffle and guess the number of tees competition and placed collection cans and collection buckets at social events.

Lady Captain, Pamela Smith, said: “At Paisley Golf Club, it is the honour of the Lady Captain to nominate a charity to be the focus of the section’s fundraising activities for her year.  I believe that charity should begin at home - so when I read that Royal Blind was building a unique service in our area, I approached the charity to offer our fundraising support.

“Sight is so essential in our sport, yet we so often take it for granted. I am delighted that our members have supported the charity so generously throughout my Captaincy. I have also been impressed by the support and encouragement given to us by Royal Blind; attending our events with leaflets and promotional items, inviting us to site visits and Open Days and being truly appreciative of all our fundraising activities.

“I believe that a strong relationship has been built between Paisley Ladies and Royal Blind, not only this year but now going on into the future.”

Natalie Reid, Fundraising and Supporter Development Officer for Royal Blind, said: “We are so grateful to Paisley Golf Club Ladies’ Section for their generous donation to Jenny’s Well – the money will help provide vital equipment for our nursing home.

“Jenny’s Well is our first service in the West of Scotland and we have been overwhelmed by the welcome we have received. It is only due to the kindness and generosity of our supporters that we at Royal Blind are able to expand our services to the West, and to continue making a difference to the lives of children and adults living with a visual impairment in Scotland.”

For more information on Jenny’s Well visit https://www.royalblind.org/jennys-well/

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