Did you know that Electric Christmas lights were invented in the same year that the Isle of Wight Society for the Blind (IWSB) was established?- 1895.
IWSB is one of the oldest charities on the Isle of Wight and it still needs help from Islanders so that they are able to continue working with the blind and partially sighted people who live on the Island.
CEO Estelle Thomas says “Here’s how people can help without it costing them any extra money:
When the Christmas cards drop through your door, carefully cut or tear around the stamp and send the stamps to IWSB, ( 137 Carisbrooke Road, Newport PO30 1DD) which will then be able to sell them to raise much needed funds. Commemorative and foreign stamps are especially welcome.
If you are lucky enough to receive a new mobile phone as a Christmas present, you can donate old ones to IWSB which again the society can exchanged for cash.
For those people who are escaping to foreign climes for the Christmas period, IWSB would be very happy to take the foreign coins off your hands when you return.
IWSB knows that there are many pulls on everyone’s finances at this time of year so it is not asking directly for cash, just some of the things you would normally throw away.
So Merry Christmas Isle of Wight and enjoy the twinkling lights – if you can see them!”