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Updated December 2021

SLS Chairman’s Christmas Message 2021

Wishing you a very happy Christmas and New Year from us all at Sight Loss Shropshire.  The Committee, Secretary Robin Durham and Administrator Clare Humphreys, join with me in sending you this message, and we hope you are keeping safe and well as Covid unfortunately seems here to stay.

We are sorry not to be able to send our customary CD of Christmas cheer and music, but sadly it has been impossible to get through the GDPR regulations in sharing address information held by local authorities.

A bird sitting on a snowy twig in a tree.  The bird has a brown back and head, white chest speckled with brown and a red stripe below its wing, with a yellow stripe above its eye.u Nevertheless, this card and message come to you wish our sincerest best wishes.  2021 has not been without its challenges, but, in between lockdowns we have at least been able to socialize more than in 2020.

Our Christmas card is attached and shows a little Redwing bird on a snowy twig.  A cheerful and colourful little thrush with a speckled chest and pretty red feathers under its wing.  They come from Scandinavia and Russia to the UK in the winter months before leaving again around April.  They may not visit our gardens unless the weather is particularly harsh and snowy as they prefer open fields and hedgerows.

April is an important month for us too at Sight Loss Shropshire since, Covid restrictions permitting, we very much hope to hold our Winters Day Out event again.  It will be so very special to get together again in person after such a long wait.  We will of course keep in touch about this, but, in the meantime, please reserve 8 April in your diaries!!

May I take this opportunity to thank everyone at Sight Loss Shropshire for their continuing efforts on behalf of everyone affected by sight loss in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.  Clare and Robin, treasurer Wendy, and each and every committee member and support group organizer have been wonderful.  We have several new members on the committee amongst whom is Cllr Simon Jones who takes the place of Cllr Dean Carroll.  Thank you all, and a special good wish from me for Christmas and the New Year.

Best wishes

Diana Flint

12 December 2021

Chairman, Sight Loss Shropshire

Charles Bonnet Syndrome Research Study
A research group in Oxford is studying the neurochemistry and connectivity in Charles Bonnet Syndrome, where people with low vision experience visual hallucinations caused by their reduction in vision.  Participants must be aged 18 – 70, have low vision, and be suitable to take part in an MRI scan (the scan is a major part of the study).  They are looking for people with and without CBS, but especially  those with CBS.  They will pay for reasonable travel expenses (e.g. train tickets to Oxford) and also arrange accommodation for participants if required.
To find out more, and to register your interest, follow this link. https://www.ouh.nhs.uk/research/patients/trials/cbs.aspx

 

Christmas Cards

The Charity Christmas card Shop at St. Mary’s Church in Shrewsbury will be open from 10:15am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday from Friday 22nd October to Saturday 4th December.  There will be cards on sale from over 30 charities, including Sight Loss Shropshire.

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