This picture shows the Deputy Mayor of Dudley Councillor Pete Lee, Beacon's Chief Executive Lisa Cowley and the Mayor of Dudley Councillor Andrea Goddard.

Sight loss charity, the Beacon Centre for the Blind, is celebrating after being awarded £438,506 in National Lottery funding to help ensure no one has to face sight loss alone.

The historic charity, which has been supporting blind and partially sighted people since 1875, will use the funding to develop its information, advice, and guidance service over the next five years.

The charity’s team of Sight Loss Advisors already deals with hundreds of referrals a year, using a collaborative, person-centred approach in partnership with local eye healthcare professionals, to ensure no one is left feeling alone or forgotten.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will enable the charity to further develop the programme, reaching new communities.

Staff from the organisation have been celebrating the funding success during a visit by the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Andrea Goddard, and the Deputy Mayor Councillor Peter Lee. Also in attendance was Sedgley Councillor Michael Evans.

Lisa Cowley, Beacon Centre Chief Executive, said: We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players, we will be able to ensure that no one living locally has to face sight loss alone, whatever stage of their journey they are at.

“There are approximately 40,000 blind and partially sighted people living in the Black Country, a figure that is set to grow by up to 13% by 2032 so our information, advice, and guidance service, will be needed more than ever in the years ahead.”