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Group bowled over by funding gesture

The Society for the Blind of Dewsbury, Batley and District at Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre.

The Society for the Blind of Dewsbury, Batley and District at Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre.

A support group for blind people was bowled over after a brewing consultancy helped relaunch one of its favourite activities.

The Society for the Blind of Dewsbury, Batley and District was told last year the next contract for rehabilitation services from Kirklees Council had been awarded to the Birmingham Institute for the Deaf.

As a result, the Whitfield Centre, in Soothill, was reduced to opening just three days a week instead of five and many activities and outings were scrapped.

But Kegspertise, based in Gomersal, has donated a proportion of its profits to restart bowling sessions at Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre.

Managing director Andy Dorr decided to back the charity as his father, Stanley, who has been a long term sufferer of glaucoma, was a regular visitor to the Soothill centre.

Mr Dorr said: “The society play a very important role and when I heard about the funding being removed I didn’t hesitate to step in to see if Kegspertise could help.

“Obviously this is a topic very close to my heart and I urge other people to come forward and support the staff and the society to continue more of these very important events.”

Centre manager Lisa Bownes said: “I would like to thank Andy on behalf of the society and its members for sponsoring the bowls activity. The members were disappointed to find out there wasn’t going to be any more bowling as it was a chance for them to get out and socialise.

“Without the funding the society was unable to transport them to the sports centre.”

 

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