Innovation award for Fife Society for the Blind

From left, Lisa Girvan (admin & chocolate & jewellery maker), David Ross (chief chocolate taster), Lindsay McDonald (trainee Marketing co-ord), Marlyn Murdoch (Corp Serv Mgr), Gemma Kirk (Admin & chocolate maker) - with the Visionary Award won by Fife Society for the Blind
From left, Lisa Girvan (admin & chocolate & jewellery maker), David Ross (chief chocolate taster), Lindsay McDonald (trainee Marketing co-ord), Marlyn Murdoch (Corp Serv Mgr), Gemma Kirk (Admin & chocolate maker) - with the Visionary Award won by Fife Society for the Blind

A KIRKCALDY-based charity has scooped a prestigious innovation award.

Fife Society for the Blind won the accolade for best innovation in fundraising at the Visionary Awards 2012, held at York University on October 3.

Visionary is an umbrella organisation that links 200 local organisations supporting blind and partially sighted people across the UK.

At their 2012 conference held last week in York, Fife Society for Blind was shortlisted for one of five awards in the category for best innovation in fundraising.

The Society was represented by Lindsey MacDonald and Cindy Godfrey-McKay and they were overwhelmed when the Fife organisation was announced as the winner.

Lindsey received the award at the event from the chief executive of the Thomas Pocklington Trust, which offers people who are blind or have sight loss the support they require to lead an independent life. The heavy glass trophy is now back in Kirkcaldy and on display at the Society’s Centre in Wilson Avenue.

Alan Suttie, chief executive, said the award recognises the efforts of staff in developing creative products to help fund services for blind and partially sighted people in Fife.

He said: “This is a acknowledgement of the time and effort put in by staff and volunteers to develop our Braille Jewellery and Feely Good Chocolate range.

“The judges acknowledged that these products not only raised income but also helped to raise awareness of the needs of blind and partially sighted people.”