BLIND and visually impaired residents were given a festive treat on Friday.

Reading Association for the Blind held its annual Christmas fair at Walford Hall on Carey Street and welcomed dozens of guests to raise funds.

More than £900 was raised and Councillor Rose Williams, mayor of Reading, was given a tour of the stalls before giving a talk.

Marion Haynes, community fundraiser, said: “It was lovely to see so many people visit the day centre from the local community and having fun supporting the event and helping with fundraising.

"Our sight impaired members were thrilled to have such community support and gave a special thanks to all who attended.”

The association provides services to blind residents by taking them on day trips, but it does require fundraising to support its activities.

Bob Bristow, chairman and trustee of Reading Association for the Blind said: “It was lovely to come along and buy items which had been donated and which had been made in the Day Centre. It was also a great pleasure to have the mayor present."

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