Doncaster sight charity in line for national award

Anita Plant and Michaela Etherington-Gee are pleased that the Partially Sighted Society is in line for an award
Anita Plant and Michaela Etherington-Gee are pleased that the Partially Sighted Society is in line for an award

A Doncaster charity is in line to pick up a national award.

The Partially Sighted Society has been shortlisted as one of three finalists in the Charity of the Year category at the Association of Optometrists Awards.

Representatives of the charity, based at Bennetthorpe, say they are thrilled to have made it to the shortlist in the category.

“We are a small team who are passionate about helping and supporting people with a visual impairment and are thrilled to have been shortlisted for such a high profile, national award,” chief executive Anita Plant said.

The charity needs your help to win the vote.

You can visit the voting site online here, before December 12 to vote.

You can also call in to the charity at 1 Bennetthorpe, Doncaster, and signing the voting sheet by December 5.

The charity comprises just four staff members and five volunteers, but the society helps people all over Britain and beyond.

It has helped children in Africa.

About 40,000 are on the database, with more than 1300 in Doncaster.

We have a motto: If we can’t help, we know a man who can,” Mrs Plant said.

The awards recognise the highest levels of achievement in UK optics.

They had a 75 per cent increase in entrants this year.

The awards will take place at trade event, 100 per cent Optical.

The Charity of the Year accolade celebrates charities from all corners of the eye health sector. Recognising innovative and successful initiatives from the last 12 months which encompass research, education, strong campaign work or profile-raising activities.

AOP chief executive, Henrietta Alderman, said: “The AOP Awards are about recognising those who contribute so much to the public and profession.” Adding, “With this year seeing more unique entries than ever before, our finalists have achieved so much by getting this far.”