Bucks Freemasons help the blind/partially sighted charity VICTA

The committee of the Bucks Masonic Centenary Fund (BMCF) was recently approached by VICTA for funding towards helping a young person, from Milton Keynes, to take part in the Barclays Sailing Adventure scheme.

 The BMCF was delighted to donate £500, and this money will enable this young person to take part in this exciting, sailing buddy event which will be a truly life-enhancing experience for all of the participants involved.

VICTA is a charity which works hard to give children and young people who are blind or partially sighted the tools to allow them to shape their own positive futures. It is important that children, young people and families affected by sight loss know there is somewhere they can come together with people in similar situations, to break down personal barriers, build confidence and strive for a positive independent future.

VICTA supports children and young people from 0 to 29 years, and their families, across the UK and aims to be the 'little' charity with the biggest impact for visually impaired children and young people. They have come a long way since the charity was founded in 1987 by a group of parents in Milton Keynes looking to help one another.

One young person summed up perfectly what VICTA sets out to achieve:

"VICTA have certainly helped me develop as a person too, my family were very quick to notice how much more confidence I have gained, how willing I am to say yes and give something a go rather than back down, how my level of independence has developed and how far I've come since being in that isolated world I was in after going totally blind."

Andrew Hough, Secretary of the BMCF, said: "We were delighted to help with this wonderful project. We hope that the sailing goes extremely well and that all those involved have a wonderful experience."

Pictures show some of those benefitting from the work that VICTA does for the blind and partially sighted.