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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Donation will provide safe haven for Barrow boy to play

A DONATION of £1,000 will help improve the life of a sight-impaired Barrow five-year-old child.

On the first Monday of every month, the Evening Mail helps give away £1,000 from The Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund to a good cause in the area.

The money was raised at an annual celebrity chef event held in Dalton, hosted and sponsored by Clarence House Country Hotel and Restaurant.

This month the donation will go to Barrow and District Society for the Blind on behalf of Klayton Wilson.

Klayton, who lives with his parents in Flookburgh, is sight-impaired due to retinitis pigmentosa and also has a hearing impairment.

The money will be spent on keeping Klayton’s environment safe. The driveway to his front door is very uneven and dangerous for Klayton, so it needs resurfacing and lights installed on either side so he is able to see dangers or obstacles in his way.

The donation will ensure that the driveway is a safe place for him to play.

Emma Wilson, Klayton’s mother, said: “The donation is great, it’s going to make a massive difference to Klayton, especially with day-to-day things.”

Klayton is a very active child but is restricted in the types of activities he can take part in. It’s one less hazard for us to have to think about. He is very excited about the digger that will be coming up on the driveway, he can’t wait.”

The Barrow and District Society for the Blind is based in Cavendish Street, Barrow and was established in 1923.

They provide support for visually impaired people in their homes and in the community.

The Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund was originally set up by the late Ray Armstrong, a Barrow businessman, and Dan Austin, managing director of Lake District Farmers.

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