Ex Guardsman and active Freemason George Hughes, regularly supports the Chester and District Federation of the Blind (CDFB).
During the Covid-19 lockdown, the organisation has been forced to close all clubs and shops resulting in a lack of much needed funds, something George and fellow members of Runcorn’s Freemasons Lodge were determined to do something about.
A volunteer for 9 years, George first became associated with the charity when helping convert premises in Runcorn and Ellesmere Port for their use. Aware of the funding crisis, the local Lodge pulled together to provide much needed funds which were well received by Mrs Sue Hearfield, a key organiser of the charity.
George said: “In these difficult times, it’s important that local charities like CDFB are not forgotten. CDFB are a small local charity which exists to improve the quality of life of the visually impaired. The work they do is incredible and Lodge members were only too happy to play a small part to show our support”.
The funds have already been put to good use. With their shops shut, members were quickly switched to help the visually impaired and the wider local community face the challenges presented by the lockdown.
A tele-friending service was set up with CDFB staff and volunteers telephoning vulnerable people on a regular basis offering practical and emotional support. Food orders are also taken and the shopping is then delivered to homes.
They have also collected prescriptions and offer a book service (audio and paperback). The society has a food bank and so are able to make up emergency food parcels at very short notice for those who need it the most.
In the meantime, George (83), continues to be an active participant in the charity’s activities within the community.
He is one of the volunteers on the tele-friending service during the lockdown.