CATS SUPPORT LOCAL BLIND WELFARE CHARITY
Employees from the CATS terminal team in Teesside recently gave the Hartlepool Blind Welfare Association some hands on help. Working at the charity’s local facilities, the team decorated the main hall of the building together with the toilets and kitchen areas, and provided a new gas cooker for the centre’s users.
The charity, which is focused on the welfare of local visually impaired people of all ages, offers help and information on everything users need to know about living with a visual impairment. The CATS team has supported the charity for the past four years with numerous employees getting involved.
Talking about its importance Ian Sherry, CATS maintenance team leader said that it was a cause close to his heart for a number of reasons. “Hartlepool Blind Welfare has provided support to the blind and partially sighted people of Hartlepool for nearly 100 years. It is almost entirely self-funded and relies on the generosity of local people and companies to survive.
“My wife is an employee and her primary role involves visiting affected people in their own homes in order to help with day to day things such as making a cup of tea, setting up electronic equipment, and providing talking clocks and watches. The type of things we all take for granted, but blind and partially sighted people can really struggle with.”
Barbara McLeod, the centre manager said: “Once again the CATS team have done an amazing job. The team’s continuing interest in our charity and their financial support is appreciated by all who are concerned with the welfare of the local visually impaired.”