Southampton Sight celebrated our 120th birthday last Saturday at our Centre on Bassett Avenue with a hog roast, pimms and plenty of live music. What a stupendous day – we had fantastic weather and the aroma from the hog roast welcomed our members as they arrived. With mouths watering they were entertained by the wonderful ‘New Tricks’ who played some wonderful 60s and 70s numbers. After a fantastic lunch of hog roast buns and pimms they enjoyed some fantastic ice cream and then more music ending with more delicious cake. It was a delight to be able to spoil our members and we have to say thank you to The Whole Hog of Botley and Vinmar Ices for the ice cream.

As a local Society we are so proud to have been delivering services in Southampton since the Boer War and have been consistent through 2 world wars, a few recessions and many government and council changes. We are an example of why local charities are so important to disadvantaged communities and now more than ever with the Brexit uncertainty.

The charity’s CEO, Jackie Powers said: “We are a friendly, local charity that enriches the lives of lonely and isolated people living with sight loss in and around the city. We have over 150 people attending social events at our centre every week. This includes lunch clubs, cooking courses and social clubs where people can just sit down have a cup of tea, eat cake, listen to some music and have a natter with friends.  Last year we supported over 1200 people with information and advice and I hope that we can continue to do this as long as we are needed.”

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