Paul & Paul - EyeCan Volunteers

Celebrating their exceptional and inspirational achievements, two local volunteers have been nominated for an award in recognition of their work with visually impaired people at the Vision Support Centre in Barrow.

Paul Backhouse and Paul Ogden, who are both visually impaired themselves, volunteer at the centre in Barrow which is the headquarter for Barrow & District Society for the Blind.

The Vision Support Centre’s Chief Executive, Carl Hodge, says:

“It’s fantastic that the two Pauls have been shortlisted for the EyeCan Volunteers award.  They provide great services to help other visually impaired people in our area.  And their energy is limitless!”

Paul Backhouse is the centre’s longest serving volunteer and has turned out 6 days a week for almost 40 years, assisting staff and clients at the Vision Support Centre with specialist equipment and advice.

Paul Ogden has been volunteering as an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer between the hospital and the Vision Support Centre for the last 3 years and also helps to organise support groups and social events and still finds time for fundraising.

Barrow & District Society for the Blind is an independent local charity and supports more than 800 visually impaired people in the South and West Cumbria. The Society also runs Ostley House, a residential home in Barrow for elderly people with sight loss. The Society arranges regular clubs and meetings for members and visitors. 01229 440556

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