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Centre for blind launched

Wayne Hemingway and Gerardine Hemingway visit the former Morecambe Visitor office to help redesign the building for Galloway's Society for the Blind.  They are pictured with service user Tony Kimpton and dog Abbie.

Wayne Hemingway and Gerardine Hemingway visit the former Morecambe Visitor office to help redesign the building for Galloway's Society for the Blind. They are pictured with service user Tony Kimpton and dog Abbie.

Red or Dead founder Wayne Hemingway launched an appeal to create a centre of excellence for blind and partially sighted people in Morecambe.

The ‘Build a Brighter Future Appeal’ was launched at the ex-Morecambe Visitor building on Victoria Street now owned by Galloway’s Society for the Blind.

The charity announced a target of £850,000 needed to transform the building into a purpose built centre offering activities, support and advice to people with sight loss.

HemingwayDesign will be working with the charity and architects FWP to ensure the centre is second to none in its accessibility, practicality and design not just for the blind and partially sighted population but also as a new community resource.

Wayne Hemingway said: “Galloway’s will have a very special building that is fit for purpose, embraces the latest thinking in the sector gleaned from proven precedents from around the world.

“This will be a facility specifically designed for visually impaired people that really pushes boundaries.

“We are aiming to create an inspiring, innovative and welcoming centre for visually impaired people, the community of Morecambe and Lancaster and other organisations that have the same commitment to making a positive difference to the lives of people affected by sight loss.

“As someone who was born in Morecambe I am delighted to be working with a charity that has put so much into the community and has such ambitious plans to do even more.”

Chief Executive, Stuart Clayton, said: “We are thrilled that Wayne Hemingway has agreed to work on our project.”

 

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