The Leader of Portsmouth City Council has praised a local charity for its work to help people with sight loss.

Losing My Sight, based in the city, aims to develop a strong support network for visually impaired and blind people, to help them be more independent and confident and to live a happier life.

It runs Losing My Sight magazine and organises social events and activities including swimming, bowling, keep-fit, photography, songwriting, film-making, sailing, climbing and archery.

It is looking to expand its reach and the range of sessions it can hold.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of the Council, met the charity's chair, Elena Sommers, and its founder, Dave Taylor, to learn about their work.

He said: "It was good to hear about what they do in Portsmouth, and further afield, to help people with sight loss explore their interests and avoid being isolated. They're clearly doing some great work.

"They have ambitions to help a lot more people, and I hope they go from strength to strength.

"I'm glad to learn they are benefiting from funding via our Portsmouth Lottery and from the Lord Mayor's charity fund. We will see what other support might be available to them."

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