Charity Thanks Volunteers for Long Service – Southend in Sight

Charity Thanks Volunteers for Long Service – Southend in Sight

Southend in Sight presents awards to volunteers who have clocked up 40 years between them

Southend in Sight thanked two long serving volunteers on Wednesday 15 December. Jackie Blackledge and Maureen Tyson have between them clocked up 40 years with the sight loss charity.

Jackie has volunteered for Southend in Sight since 1996. She has most recently been offering advice and support to visually impaired people at the charity’s Sight Loss Centre on Hamlet Court Road. Maureen is stepping down from her volunteer role with the charity after 15 years but she will continue to support the charity. She has worked with Jackie in offering assistance to the charity’s members. Jackie is looking forward to starting on the Sight Loss MOT project in the new year.  She will be giving advice to people on general living in the home. Living with sight loss herself, Jackie is very well placed to give this support.

Mo and Jackie have worked together as a pair for 15 years. When Jackie started out, she was based in a portacabin, then at SAVS and for the last 11 years at the current building on Hamlet Court Road.  Mo also set up and managed the old original Southend Blind Welfare Organisation website for many years.

Southend in Sight CEO, Lucy Martin said: “Many local visually impaired people will have benefitted from the advice and support that Jackie and Maureen have given over the years, and we are so grateful for their commitment. It is this selfless attitude, and that of all our volunteers, that helps to keep a small local charity such as ours running.”

To contact Southend in Sight, call 01702 342131 or email The charity’s base at 117 Hamlet Court Road is only open for booked appointments but the charity’s shop is open.

Jamie Langstone