Gift appeal

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Christmas should be a time of celebration and happiness.

Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind is only too aware of the other side of Christmas.

Many people not only suffer from sight loss, but a considerable number live alone and have little or no family to support them.

For them, Christmas can be a time of isolation and deep loneliness.

Recent research demonstrates the huge need for a specific counselling and befriending service.

I am writing to ask if the Mail’s readers would consider giving one extra gift this Christmas, which will be used to fund a counselling and befriending service.

All donations received will help to enable the society to establish this special service to provide support, friendship and companionship to some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind, and sent to the address below.

Richard Wood,

Executive Officer,

Sunderland and County Durham Royal Society for the Blind,

8 Foyle Street,

Sunderland.

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