Home call is a registered charity set up in 1985 by a social worker for the blind in Hastings who recognised the need for a home visiting service for the blind and substantially visually impaired. It started with just two volunteers and a handful of clients.
At its peak the charity was supporting approximately 400 clients but with its loss of funding from escc/esvc in September 2006 the charity became totally self-funding and depended on grants, legacies and donations in order to continue to offer the service.
Subsequently in September 2008 all areas except Bexhill closed down due to lack of sufficient funding to enable it to continue.
At that time Jenny Private from the Bexhill area launched a local fundraising campaign which was successful and our support to visually impaired people continues today
Jenny Private is the President of Homecall and still very much involved and was recognised for this by receiving the British Empire Medal in 2012.
On the left is a picture of Homecall Patron Amanda Hamblin DL (left) and Jenny Private BEM.