Dorset Blind Association's young blind club has been saved from closure thanks to a generous donation.

Basepoint Business Centres Ltd, which operates business units at Jubilee Close in Weymouth, swooped into action and offered the charity the final £3,000 it needed to hit its £12,000 total.

Dorset Blind Association is an independent charity supporting people with sight loss throughout the county. The charity does not receive any fixed central or local government funding and relies entirely on a combination of voluntary donations, membership fees and grants. The charity needed to raise £12,000 to save its young blind club, so launched a social media campaign asking people to post photos to social media representing what they would miss if they lost their sight, using the hash tag: #whatwouldyoumiss. After seeing the appeal on the news, Basepoint contacted Dorset Blind and arranged the donation.

Carly Thompson, Regional Manager at Basepoint, comments: “We’re owned by a charitable trust, The Act Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality for of life for those in need, so as soon as we heard about Dorset Blind’s appeal, we wanted to help – such charities are vital for the local community. When I called to donate, the reaction from all at Dorset Blind was one of sheer delight – I am just so pleased we helped them hit their goal.”

Dorset Blind’s Fundraising Manager, Jaya Da Costa, adds: “Without the ongoing support and goodwill we receive from individuals, charitable trusts, companies and other organisations we would not be able to develop and deliver our essential range of services. All donations, however big or small, help us to make a real, positive difference to the lives of visually impaired people (VIPs) in Dorset so we are delighted to receive Basepoint’s kind donation.”

Basepoint Business Centres, who specialise in the development and operation of flexible business, innovation and enterprise centres, is owned by The ACT Foundation, a leading UK grant-making charity, dedicated to improving the quality of life of those in need. Basepoint now operate 30 business centres across the south of England, East Anglia, the Midlands and Wales, and all of the profits that are generated by Basepoint’s centres are ploughed back into charitable causes which assist societies most vulnerable.