We would also like to thank the many people who gave so generously during the hour of carol singing - and to our collectors, some of who are visually impaired and are keen to support NSBP
in its provision of a wide range of enabling services which improve the quality of life of blind people in Newcastle.
Heather Niven, chief executive of the NSBP, said: "In 2003 staff and volunteers at NSBP undertook training on action on elder abuse.
Cases the NSBP has recently become aware of include a woman who had been tricked by a cold caller into signing up to buy an pounds 1,800 bed and a woman who discovered she had unwittingly signed over her house to younger family members and was frightened they were going to put her in a home.
NSBP also runs classes, information days and drop-in sessions and volunteers keep in regular contact with users, as this is the best way to spot any signs of abuse.
NSBP currently supports 1,300 people in the city through its range of services.
Anyone who would like to have information on how NSBP can help those with sight loss in Newcastle are very welcome to contact the society.
NSBP is currently the adopted charity of the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor David Slesenger.
is the adopted charity of the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Coun David Slesenger, pictured.
Description: Established in 1867, NSBP
helps around 1,300 visually impaired people in Newcastle with practical services to overcome the isolation and problems sight loss causes.
HEATHER NIVEN, Director NSBP
Newcastle Society for Blind People, Ellison Place, Newcastle.