Help Welwyn Garden City charity’s iPad appeal

PUBLISHED: 16:11 08 August 2012

Administrator Lauren Norris, support worker Vicky Palumbo, chief executive officer Maria Surgenor

Administrator Lauren Norris, support worker Vicky Palumbo, chief executive officer Maria Surgenor


A WGC charity is appealing to businesses and residents for help in raising £2,000 that would revolutionise the way it works.

Hertfordshire Society for the Blind, based in the Woodside Centre in The Commons, is looking to buy iPads for its four support workers who cover the whole of the county helping blind and partially sighted residents.

The £500 tablets would allow the staff to log into the charity’s database remotely, filing reports and updating information without having to travel back and forth between the office and home visits.

And the charity is asking for donations from generous businesses and residents to help get the money together in order to buy the state-of-the-art equipment.

Support worker Vicky Palumbo, who covers the Welwyn Hatfield area, said: “These iPads aren’t just something we’re hankering to play with – it’s something that would seriously help our workload.

“When you do a home visit, that can take anything from an hour to three hours, and you have to write so much about that visit.

“Because we’re a charity, we’re always having to prove ourselves to the people that fund us. There’s a lot of paperwork.

“If we had these iPads it would allow us to access our database there and then, rather than spend a lot of time having to come into the office to write our reports then go out and visit people.

“It would also save us having to carry round huge heavy folders, as iPads can fit straight into your handbag.”

To help the charity, send a cheque to iPad Appeal, Hertfordshire Society For The Blind, The Woodside Centre, The Commons, WGC, AL7 4SE.

Alternatively, call 01707 324680 or email for more information on getting involved.

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