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Bournemouth group plans aid trip for blind children in Jamaica

Blind children in Kingston, Jamaica, will be helped out by a group organised by the Salvation Army in Winton.

Donations from the public – both funds and practical goods – are now needed urgently. See below for details.

The selfless team will be visiting The School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Children which The Salvation Army opened in 1927.

The school has 100 students who are aged 3 to 20-years-old with 70 boarders.

Flying out on Friday April 5 and returning on Sunday April 21, the 10 volunteers have all paid their own air fares to get over to Jamaica.

The team includes a teacher for children who have special educational needs and a painter and decorator.

“We are very excited to be heading out to Jamaica to help with the work of the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Children. While we are out there, we are aiming to build lasting links with the school so that we can continue to support it for years to come and help it to flourish,” said organiser Tina Shave.

Fact file

Winton Salvation Army is fundraising to buy supplies for The School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and is aiming to raise £5,000. Anyone wanting to make a donation can contact the church on 01202 517 989 or email winton@salvationarmy.org.uk

Well-wishers can also donate items the school has requested by visiting https://amzn.to/2JaMs4G

The Salvation Army in Winton is based at 1 Latimer Road, Bournemouth.

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