Devices and money donated to charities

Words and photo by Dave Barry

Modern technology has been a boon for blind and partly sighted people.

A glut of devices and gadgets is available to make their lives easier - at a cost.

A good example is the Mini Home Google, which can be spoken to and will reply.

“People can use them to ask questions and give instructions, etc, and get a verbal answer back”, says Jayne Robertson of the Scarborough branch of Skipton Building Society, which has just bought two for Yorkshire Coast Sight Support (YCSS).

“They are particularly useful to people struggling with their sight as they can request bus or train timetables, shop opening times and so many different things”, Jayne adds.

The Mini Home Googles, which resemble small grey rocks, were presented to YCSS manager Colin Eastwood.

YCSS has about 100 members aged 15-98 and 30 volunteers who help run gardening, cycling, walking, book and dining-out groups.

At the same time, a £75 cheque was presented to the Rainbow Centre, whose deputy manager Emma Walker accepted it.

The money was donated by customers who paid to place a star on the branch’s nativity tree at Christmas.

In December, Rainbow Centre volunteers helped put together and distribute some 900 food parcels and make Christmas happen for over 370 needy local children.

The centre, at the corner of Castle Road and Auborough Street, welcomes any volunteer help and donations of food, clothing, blankets, etc.

Black Potatoes, Yorkshire Coast School of Ballet and Steve Cassidy are to perform at a fundraising event at the centre on Saturday 3 February, at 7.30pm.