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Council chairman smashes charity fundraising target

Posted onPosted on 22nd Jun

Former Nottinghamshire County Council chairman Stuart Wallace smashed his charity fundraising goal to support My Sight Nottinghamshire during his year in office — raising more than £3,000.

My Sight Nottinghamshire supports the visually-impaired community by helping them to live more independently.

Despite a difficult fundraising year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Stuart, of Farndon, was still able to beat his target of £3,000 and raised £3,464 for the charity.

Stuart said: “I was even more determined to help the charity after I heard of the impacts Covid-19 has had on blind and partially-sighted people, leaving them less independent due to being unable to follow social distancing guidelines in some places like shops.

“These issues have left many people with visual impairments unable to leave the house and unable to do the things they normally would be able to do independently.

“I’m extremely grateful to anyone who has donated to my fundraiser for My Sight Notts. It will go directly to help people in our own community and it is such a worthwhile cause.”

From virtual meetings with the charity and video pleas on social media, to reaching out to councillors and members of the community, Stuart made every effort to do what he could to raise funds for this important cause.

A New Year recycling pledge campaign also contributed towards the fundraising total. For every recycling pledge from a Nottinghamshire resident, the county council’s waste contractors at Veolia donated £1 — topping up the donation to £1,000!

Another huge contributor to the fundraising total was a staff wellbeing challenge for council staff in April.

Lydia Fenton, fundraising manager for My Sight Nottinghamshire, said: “We would like to thank Stuart Wallace for nominating My Sight Notts as his chosen charity.”