LEIXLIP BARGAIN HUNTERS REJOICE AS NEW NCBI SHOP OPENS ITS DOORS
A new charity shop in aid of the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) has opened in Leixlip. The shop in Unit 3, Main St, is stocked with quality clothes, some new and some pre loved, books and other items to raise funds for the support and services provided by the charity to 2,112 people with sight loss in Co.Kildare.
NCBI must raise €4 out of every €10 it spends on services. Its 97 charity shops around the country make a vital contribution to its fundraising efforts. The new Leixlip shop is managed by Jennifer Smullen and supported by a core team of volunteers. It brings to 8 the number of NCBI shops in Co. Kildare.
According to Orla Butler , Area Manager for NCBI Retail, sight loss is increasing as our population ages and demand for NCBI’s services is on the increase. “The work we do wouldn’t be possible without these important fundraising efforts. As well as a great place to find bargains for the thrifty amongst us, our charity shops offer great opportunities for people to volunteering and getting involved in your local community. And in this case, you will be directly helping people who are blind or vision impaired in Kildare and the surrounding areas.”
NCBI’s services include emotional support and counselling, low vision solutions like magnifiers, assistive technology advice and training, rehabilitation training (including independent living skills and using a long cane), a large print, audio and Braille library. The organisation also has an online shop with lots of practical solutions.
The new NCBI charity shop is urgently seeking donations of your unwanted clothing and other items. Every bag is worth a great amount to the organisation.