Wiltshire charity needs your unwanted Christmas gifts!

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Published by The Spire FM News Team at 10:25am 5th January 2016. (Updated at 11:17am 5th January 2016)

Put those gifts you weren't too keen on to good use and help the 3,750 people registered blind in Wiltshire and the 15,000+ with sight loss.

A Wiltshire Charity is calling out for all YOUR unwanted Christmas gifts.

Wiltshire Sight wants you to donate it to them, so they can sell them to raise money to support those with sight loss in the county.

They can use them, to sell via their  Ebay shop, to raise funds to support those living with sight loss in Wiltshire.

There are 3,750 people registered blind in Wiltshire and £10 will pay for one of them to receive emotional support via the phone.

£50 would pay for twenty people to receive information and advice as well as access to resources.

£500 would cover the costs of their home visiting service for two weeks.

It costs about £250,000 to run the charity each year.

Maggie Hemmings is the Direct Services Manager at Wiltshire Sight, she had this to say: "Donating unwanted presents is an amazing way to be selfless and give something back at this time of year. Consider the fact that we may support your friend/family currently or in the future with sight loss and their independence."

She continued: "We greatly appreciate any donation, it all enables us to continue the amazing services we provide every day for those living with an eye condition. Thank you for your support in 2015, we hope in continues into 2016 and beyond."

The charity is also appealing for any volunteers to help keep the organisation running, it's believed there are 15,350 people living with sight loss in the area.

The volunteers carry out roles from website maintenance, to assisting the fundraising team, to helping on their Christmas market stalls. There is an opportunity for everyone in volunteering, any skill you have can be put to good use at the charity.

Volunteer Coordinator for Wiltshire sight, Tina Stone said: "The new year is the perfect time to start volunteering and giving something back. People are making new years resolutions to try something new or to help others, so why not donate your time to a very worthy cause? Wiltshire sight has opportunities for all skill sets and really appreciate any extra help we are given."

Tina added: "We have a variety of different roles ranging from admin assistants to supporting us with one of our activity clubs. No matter what your previous experience is, you will be able to assist Wiltshire Sight, which in turn will allow us to continue support local people living with sight loss."

For more information please telephone the Wiltshire Sight team on 01380 739113 or email info@wiltshiresight.org

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