A sensory charity has raised over £1,600 to go towards supporting people with visual and hearing impairments at its annual Winter Fayre.
Forth Valley Sensory Centre (FVSC) organised the event in Falkirk last week, with donations from local businesses and volunteers helping to make it a huge success. Stalls selling teddy bears, hand-knitted items, candles, and crafts were set up at the Centre, which supports people with sight and hearing loss in Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire.
Centre staff got into the Christmas spirit by dressing up as elves and tickets were sold for a tombola and raffle with hamper prizes available that were donated by Solicitors for Older People and Slimming World.
There was also a guide dog stand giving information and selling merchandise, as well as stalls selling hot chocolate and other sweet treats. Tunnock’s donated snowballs for the event and Larbert-based company Lightways lit up the Sensory Garden with sparkling Christmas Lights.
A special Santa post-box was set up at the Centre and will continue taking children’s letters right up until Monday, December 19. Every letter received before that date with a return address is guaranteed to receive a reply.
At the Fayre, there was also a performance FVSC’s Sensory Singers choir for those who are blind or visually impaired.
The group will also be singing at Forth Valley Royal Hospital on Monday, and at Morrisons supermarket in Falkirk the following week. In total, £1,648,42 was raised for the Centre.
Jacquie Winning MBE, chief executive of Forth Valley Sensory Centre, said:
“We would like to thank everyone who came along to our Winter Fayre, and those who donated items.
“The day was an amazing success which was only possible because of the support we received.
“The money raised will go towards supporting people with sensory loss in Forth Valley and organising fun activities for our centre users to participate in in the New Year.”