New toys are causing a stir

PUBLISHED: 05:09 15 February 2007 | UPDATED: 10:10 31 May 2010

From left, Jessica Cassidy and Rebecca Cassidy

From left, Jessica Cassidy and Rebecca Cassidy

SAFFRON Sight in Saffron Walden now has a range of sensory and tactile toys for visually impaired children to play with thanks to a donation from the Great Dunmow Mayor s Community Fund. The toys, obtained from the Royal National Institute of the Blind, i

SAFFRON Sight in Saffron Walden now has a range of sensory and tactile toys for visually impaired children to play with thanks to a donation from the Great Dunmow Mayor's Community Fund.

The toys, obtained from the Royal National Institute of the Blind, include soft toys for babies, building blocks for toddlers and puzzles for teenagers.

Resource centre and volunteer manager of Saffron Sight, Paul Atkins, said: "We are very grateful to finally have a delightful range of toys for children with poor vision.

"Families are welcome to pop into Saffron Sight's Resource Centre to view the toys and borrow them.

"The new toy range is causing quite a stir and the staff and volunteers are having so much fun demonstrating them."

Toys already proving popular include drums, which make sea sounds and aromatic colouring markers which smell of fruit.

If you cannot get to the resource centre in Saffron Walden's Central Arcade, the toys can be viewed at the charity's upcoming community mornings.

These take place at the Council for Voluntary Services' Uttlesford's offices at 46 High Street, Dunmow, this Tuesday between 10am and noon, and at the same time in Thaxted's Community Information Centre on March 9.

For more details call Paul Atkins on 01799 523700.

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