A CHARITY which helped people with sight problems and the disabled has closed following the loss of its inspirational founder and director.
Mark Trevail, 38, from Portchester, died at home on Thursday, December 28.
His charity Fareham Sight, formerly known as Blind Intuition, which provided support to disabled people, had to close its doors on Wednesday, January 2.
Steve Lovelock, the charity’s technical support manager, has been helping the family to close the charity.
He said: ‘We feel that there is no point carrying on without Mark.
‘He put a lot of time into the charity. His family have decided that there are too many painful memories there. Everyone is so distraught as Mark was such an inspiration to all of us.’
The charity had a shop on West Street which funded its work.
Fareham Sight also gave free computer lessons for disabled and elderly people in its separate premises on High Street.
A sign at the charity shop said: ‘We regret that this shop is now closed. The management and staff would like to thank all the customers for their support over the past years and hope that you will continue to support all the other charity shops in Fareham.’
Mr Lovelock paid tribute to Mark and praised the work of the volunteers.
He said: ‘Mark worked very hard to run the charity. He was the main motivation and drive behind it.
‘The staff all work extremely hard and that all came from Mark’s leadership.’
The donations in the Fareham Sight charity shop will be passed to another charity.
Volunteers are now working to clear the shop.