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Aberdeen charity reaches its 140th birthday

Neil Skene
Neil Skene

North east sensory services (NESS) is celebrating 140 years of helping blind and deaf people in the north-east.

The organisation was formed back in 1879 and has aimed to promote independence in blind and deaf people since its inception.

The charity has made an active effort throughout its history to help those in need.

After the First World War, when many soldiers were blinded in battle, the formally named ‘Aberdeen Town and County Association for Teaching the Blind at their Homes’  worked with local authorities to deliver a range of services.

During the 1960s, the charity employed home teachers for the blind, many of whom were themselves visually impaired.

Then, in 1994, as services expanded, it moved to its current premises on John Street and, in 2010, it rebranded and became the NESS.

It currently has more than 6,500 service users on its database and has organised a series of different initiatives to help raise funds.

NESS chief executive, Graham Findlay said: “This is truly a milestone for the organisation. We have been through tough times over the years, but this organisation is so important to the many who have benefited from the services that we were determined to protect, nurture and grow NESS.

“We have a fantastic staff team and volunteers and directors and many, many supporters whose contribution truly does change lives and helps us fulfil our mission of achieving independence for blind and deaf people.

“I am honoured to be a small part in the NESS story. ”

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