Grantham couple donate to South Lincolnshire Blind Society

Debbie and Simon Chambers asked family and friends to donate to the South Lincolnshire Blind Society rather than buy gifts for their 25th wedding anniversary. With them is charity chief executive Malcolm Swinburn.

Debbie and Simon Chambers asked family and friends to donate to the South Lincolnshire Blind Society rather than buy gifts for their 25th wedding anniversary. With them is charity chief executive Malcolm Swinburn.

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A GIFT to charity was much better than gifts for themselves, thought a Grantham couple who recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

Rather than presents from family and friends, Simon and Debbie Chambers asked for donations to the South Lincolnshire Blind Society.

Mrs Chambers said: “We went to a fund-raising function in Great Gonerby and there was a speech. You don’t realise that babies can be born blind, you tend to think people go blind later in life but that’s not always the case.”

Mr Chambers added: “It’s a lesser known charity so we decided to support it.”

Malcolm Swinburn, chief executive of the charity, accepted the donation on Friday.

He said: “It’s just a delight that these guys can actually forgo gifts to help the over 2,000 people in the area with serious sight-loss. It’s absolutely tremendous of them to do that.

“I feel privileged that they chose us.”

The couple, of Ipswich Gardens, threw a party to mark their wedding anniversary. It was held at the Masonic Hall in Grantham, which they both praised as being a “fantastic” venue.