New sight loss centre for Chatteris

Official opening of Cam Sight's new Low vision Centre.'left to right Rita Smith, Dawn Preston, Anne Streather ANL-150629-141413009
Official opening of Cam Sight's new Low vision Centre.'left to right Rita Smith, Dawn Preston, Anne Streather ANL-150629-141413009

A new service to help people with sight loss enjoy a better quality of life has opened its doors in Chatteris.

Cam Sight’s new Low Vision Centre in the High Street will help people access the charity’s services, and provide information, advice and equipment to help people with sight problems retain their independence. The centre was officially opened by Cam Sight’s chief executive Anne Streather and Cam Sight volunteer Rita Smith, who has been instrumental in establishing the service in Fenland.

Rita, who is visually impaired and lives in Chatteris, suffered a haemorrhage behind her eye in 2007. Her sight deteriorated rapidly, forcing her to give up work, and she hasn’t been able to drive since.

Rita received support, training in daily living and orientation skills from Cam Sight, and in 2008 she was one of two volunteers to help set up a Cam Sight service in Chatteris.

She said: “Without the help and support of Cam Sight I wouldn’t have coped. I just love helping at Chatteris, it means so much to me.”

Photo: Rita Smith (left) opens Cam Sight’s new Low Vision Centre with, centre, Dawn Preston, the charity’s Fenland community support manager, and Anne Streather. 
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