Portsmouth Tesco store gives blind charity cash boost

Staff from Tesco Extra in North Harbour helping at the lunch
Staff from Tesco Extra in North Harbour helping at the lunch
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A LUNCH was put together for blind and partially-sighted people in Portsmouth by a supermarket.

Mandi Myers, Tesco Extra North Harbour’s community champion and other volunteers at the store donated £500 and £200 in Tesco gift cards to the Portsmouth Association for the Blind and helped out the charity during its biweekly lunch.

The lunch is held for those the charity helps, taking place every Wednesday at its base in Arundel Street.

The money will be used to subsidise some of the lunches the charity holds across the year, by picking up supplies and food.

Blind and partially-sighted people across the city are aided by the charity, which also organises a number of social groups during the day.

These range from singing groups to bingo sessions and bowling trips at Gunwharf Quays.

Ms Myers said: ‘The association does a lot of good work with local people and we are delighted to help in this way.

‘It was great to go along, meet everyone and help serve up some of the food.’

Caroline Bill, event co-ordinator at the charity said: ‘The lunches are a great chance for our members to come in and have a chat over a nice meal.’

She added that due to the group relying on donations, the funds will keep it going.

Ms Bill said: ‘We receive no funding and rely on fundraising and any donations that may come in, so the money kindly donated by Tesco will help us a great deal.’