Visually impaired school children will have access to a new state of the art reading magnifier thanks to charity efforts of staff at facilities management company AFM.
Guernsey Blind Association purchased the reading magnifier – Eschenbach Visolux Digital HD – following a donation from its charity partner for 2018, AFM. The product will be used by Guernsey’s Vision Sensory Teacher, Nancy DeVoe to assist local visually impaired school children when reading. Nancy is in charge of all vision impairment needs for Education.
The device has a large 7-inch screen, anti-glare coating and HD camera. It has a user- friendly scroll function and base support, allowing the user to write underneath the screen.
Debbie Clarke, vision support advisor at Guernsey Blind Association, said: “The product will make a huge difference to children’s learning as it not only allows the user to be part of the classroom but also maintain independence. We’re very grateful to the staff at AFM for helping us purchase something tangible that will significantly contribute to the education of some of our local school children.”
Staff at AFM raised funds for the new piece of equipment by taking part in a weight loss challenge, Loud Shirt Day, Grand National sweepstake and multiple cake sales.
AFM’s operations manager, Martyn Pipet, said: “Our staff did a fantastic job of coming up with ideas to fundraise and get everyone involved to raise as much money as possible. As a company, we are delighted that the money raised so far for Guernsey Blind Association will be used to help improve the education and learning of several school children.”
The company pledged to support Guernsey Blind Association at the beginning of 2018 by providing both practical and fundraising help. The company also aims to raise awareness of the charity and its variety of services for the local community, including practical and emotional family support.