New chief at charity for blind people

Blind charity Wakefield District Sight Aid has appointed David Marsh as its new chief executive.

Blind charity Wakefield District Sight Aid has appointed David Marsh as its new chief executive.

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A new chief executive has been appointed at a local charity which helps people with visual impairment across the district.

David Marsh has taken up the role at Wakefield District Sight Aid (WDSA), which has been helping people in the area since 1869. He has previous experience in management and the social care sector.

He has launched an appeal for funding and sponsorship to help the charity with its work across the district, and also hopes to raise its profile to help boost its funds.

Mr Marsh said: “There is a hugely increasing need for our services, but we need a sustainable and regular income.

“We are really looking for local companies to help us, whether it’s with goods, services or money, or with fundraising or fundraising ideas.”

Among the support Mr Marsh is calling for is sponsorship for WDSA’s newsletter, which goes out to around 1,000 people across the district.

The charity is also looking for donations of computers and office equipment.

Mr Marsh added he was also keen for more people to get involved in the charity.

He said: “We need additional volunteers to help devise, design and distribute legacy forms across the district to encourage local donations.

“We would also love to hear from local people interested in becoming a member of the board of trustees/directors, with expertise in finance and fundraising.

“This is an exciting time of opportunity and small local charities like this need the involvement of local people to help them survive and grow, so people get the local services they so rightly deserve.”

For more information about the charity visit www.wdsa.org.uk, email wdsa@btconnect.com or call 01924 215555.