Gifts of nearly half-a-million pounds over the past decade have enabled a charity to support more blind and partially sighted people in Fife.

Seescape, which supports people with visual impairments, has received £456,000 gifts in legacies from supporters who want to help the charity after their death. 

Gifts left in wills have enabled Seescape to provide life-changing services such as a community engagement service. This provides a lifeline to 1300 blind or partially sighted people who are isolated from their community.

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The charity also offers a befriending service and community groups for the people they support.

Money raised in gifts in wills has also funded eight years of Seescape’s assistive technology service. This helps people with a visual impairment live independently and stay connected to their loved ones.

This service has supported more than 1,200 people.

Friends and family of former Seescape chief executive Carl Hodson donated more than £1000 to the charity in his memory. There is now a room named after him at the charity’s Glenrothes hub.  

Central Fife Times: Lesley Carcary is the chief executive of Seescape.Lesley Carcary is the chief executive of Seescape. (Image: Seescape)

Lesley Carcary, chief executive of Seescape, said: “We are extremely grateful to all our supporters. Leaving a gift in your will, however big or small, means we can do more to support people who have sight loss and continue to provide vital services for years to come.

“Giving a gift in a will can be a wonderful way to provide a lasting legacy by helping people live their lives to the full. Your kind gifts – of whatever size – can ensure support is there for the future.

“If you are considering leaving a gift to us in your will, we recommend you speak to a solicitor.”