Fight Against Blindness provides a Clinical Psychology Service for Children, Young People and Families Affected by Sight Loss and Visual Impairment at the Eye Clinic Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, the Oxford Eye Hospital (John Radcliffe), the Southampton Eye Unit (Southampton General Hospital), and Bristol Eye Hospital Children’s Unit.
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UK Charity Fight Against Blindness
Registered charity no. 1124806
Helping children with sight-
“We gratefully acknowledge the grant we have received from Birketts Community Endowed Fund, a charitable fund managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation towards our CBT project for children at the Eye Clinic Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge”
We are pleased to report that we have been successful in our proactive approach to continue our vital service to children with visual impairment.
FAB's psychologists moved to telephone and video appointments rather than face to face appointments in hospital to ensure that the vital clinical psychology service for visually impaired children and their families continues without interruption.
The patient response has been exceptional and the psychologists are busier than ever, there has never been a greater demand for our work. Patients generally approve of the approach as they admit to finding attending hospital appointments stressful, time consuming and expensive. And, they may be more relaxed in the home environment. The new approach has been very positive.
Unfortunately, we have already seen an increase in the demand for our service due to patient anxiety because of the crisis. Whilst the charity will not incur additional costs to carry out this work, unfortunately we will not be able to generate income through coffee mornings, fetes and events, last year this amounted to £13,000, not an insignificant sum. So, we are now looking at ways to make up this shortfall whilst also ensuring that we are able to raise sufficient funding to allow our core service to continue.
We will continue to take Government advice on best practice during these worrying times and will listen and take note of feedback from families using our service, and the professional psychologists carrying out the work.
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