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Each year the committee selects a charity to support.

The Female Fraud Forum is delighted to announce that our Charities of the Year 2016 are:

Harrogate and District Society for the Blind

HDSB is an amazing charity providing opportunities to socialise, develop, or re-awaken craft skills and IT training. In addition to activities in the Centre, the Society undertakes home visits and runs a telephone befriending service to help tackle social isolation.  They have regular contact with over 300 visually impaired people, as well as being a point of contact for 400 more. 

The Society is entirely funded by voluntary donations and their work is made possible by the contribution of many volunteers.

Our Educational Officer Victoria Gregory’s mum Ann-Marie used the services of HDSB when she was diagnosed with Nystagmus three years ago.  Very little is known about Nystagmus, a condition which affects the eyes.  As a result of this condition, Ann-Marie, a practicing barrister, struggled to work and found it difficult to walk, drive or read unaided.   During what was a distressing and debilitating time Ann-Marie made tremendous progress as a result of the absolute lifeline offered by HDSB who sent volunteers to help with household chores, provided specialist equipment and called every week with support to help reduce Ann-Marie’s isolation.  

We know that many of its users would be lost without the support that HDSB provides and we are very honoured to be able to support their cause and raise awareness of the issues affecting sufferers.

To learn more about HDSB please visit their website http://www.hdsb.org.uk

Make a donation directly to HDSB by following this link http://www.hdsb.org.uk/making-a-donation/

Royal National Institute of Blind People

The RNIB help people who are losing their sight, are blind or partially sighted and offer practical and emotional support to help face the future with confidence.

They understand the impact of sight loss and provide emotional support and advice to help sufferers live life again.

The RNIB provide practical ways to live independently, whether you need help with technology, ways to continue reading or advice on staying in work.

They are an invaluable first point of contact for the many people affected with a wide range of sight ailments and we are very honoured to also be able to support their cause.

To learn more about RNIB please visit their website http://www.rnib.org.uk/

Make a donation directly to RNIB by following this link http://www.rnib.org.uk/donations-and-fundraising

To keep posted with our fundraising activities, please check our events page. 

If any member wishes to nominate a charity for us to support for the next year, please email our Secretary Olga - olga.tocewicz@pinsentmasons.com