See your way to giving goggles

AN appeal for items to help injured service personnel has been made.

June Watson, from Acklington, has launched a campaign to collect swimming goggles and Kindles, or even cash donations to help buy the e-readers, for patients at The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court in Surrey.

Her rallying call comes after she visited the Epsom-based facility earlier this year.

June, who is also secretary of the Warkworth and Amble District Royal British Legion but is carrying out the appeal separately, said: “They would welcome donations of Kindles as a reading aid for patients whose sight has been impaired or may have lost limbs.

“The unit also has a new £18million swimming pool which was paid for by Help for Heroes and the Ministry Of Defence. Regular supplies of swimming goggles are needed for the patients.

“Visiting the centre really brings the enormity of it home and I wanted to do a little bit to help the people there.”

June has already received donations for the cause but is continuing the appeal.

To help raise money for the campaign, a family history workshop for beginners is being held on Sunday, February 5, in The British Legion Room, Warkworth Memorial Hall, on Castle Street, running from 1pm to 5pm. It will cost £5 per person, including tea/coffee/scones.

To donate swimming goggles, which must be new, or to support the Kindle appeal, leave items or cash donations in a sealed envelope with your name and address at the Village Shop, Warkworth, or 42 Queen St – formerly The Flower Centre – in Amble.

The donation will be acknowledged by the charity co-ordinator at Headley Court.

For more information about the appeal or to book a workshop place, call June on 07785 753100.