Christmas message from Natalie Emuss, charity fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 December 2016

Natalie Emuss from Littlebury, is the face of a Breast Cancer Campaign at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Natalie Emuss from Littlebury, is the face of a Breast Cancer Campaign at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

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2016 has been a quite extraordinary year and while the world has been dealing with Brexit and Trump, Support4Sight has been quietly working to help more than 3,000 local people.

It certainly has been a very busy year for us. We have seen an increased demand for support services, as many people needed our assistance to cope with sight loss.

In particular, help for people on home visits, especially as the days become shorter, has been tremendously popular. So much so, that in October we launched a Befriending Service, thanks to support from Essex County Council.

Thanks also to Uttlesford District Council and Council for Voluntary Services Uttlesford for funding our home visiting service this winter.

Support4Sight has been overwhelmed by the support we have received from our Corporate Sponsors, Saffron Walden Golf Club and Tees Law, who chose us as their Charity of the Year.

This sponsorship has been invaluable and created a wonderful partnership between our charity and their staff teams, who care passionately about local causes.

If you know an organisation that would like to partner with our charity in 2017, please get in touch.

Our Volunteers have worked tirelessly over the year to fundraise with lots of events including an Evening of Chocolate in partnership with local chocolatiers “Hill St”, a Stroll & Quiz and we launched our Support 4 Sight Tea Party Fundraising Packs, with help of The Great British Bake Off’s Ian Cumming, who kindly donated a recipe to Support 4 Sight.

Our plans for 2017 are very exciting and it will be a year of growth for our charity. We are recruiting new volunteers and on Sunday 19th March we will be inviting our supporters to take part in a sponsored dog walk at Audley End Miniature Railway. If you would like any further information regarding volunteering and fundraising opportunities, or would like to know more about our charity, please get in touch.

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