A CHARITY which helps Rotherham residents with their sight and hearing is asking for a lift in its bid for for new office facilities.
Rotherham Sight and Sound (RSS) said they needed urgent help to install a new lift at their three-storey building on Ship Hill to make the building more accessible and usable across all floors for their growing client list, which has now topped 1,600.
Having set a fundraising target of £70,000, trustees also want to make further improvements, including refurbishing the toilet facilities, new lighting and opening a cafe.
Steve Hambleton, general manager of RSS and The Sheffield Royal Society For The Blind, (SRSB), said any donation, large or small, would help.
"We have been operating using mainly the ground floor since we opened in 2017," he added.
"Now our client numbers are increasing, being able to expand the meeting spaces by installing a lift and undertaking other building improvements at the same time will mean we'll be able to offer dedicated and improved spaces for our services on all three floors.
"We hope to regain some sort of normality after a difficult year for our charity, hopefully in the not too distant future, so to have an improved environment would be a real bonus."
Steve said the charity had become is a vital source for visually and hearing-impaired people.
Staff help clients adjust to a new way of life, regain their confidence and independence and also provide them with social activities, daily living skills and emotional support.
Sarah Bennett, who was a regular visitor to the centre before lockdown, said she had missed the "family atmosphere".
"I miss the comfort of walking in the centre and seeing and hearing warm, friendly voices that make you so welcome," added Sarah.
"There's no barrier between staff and clients - I walk in and instantly feel at home and leave feeling happy no matter what my mood when I walk in.
"We share our highs and lows of living with sight loss.
"For me, my sight loss had ruled my life - it was my excuse not to do anything. Now I own it SRSB and RSS have taught me that.
"I dread to think how lockdown would have affected me had I not gained the confidence from our centres."
RSS hope to complete the refurbishment whilst the centre was still closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, so there was no disruption to their services when they could reopen, hopefully by the end of this summer.
Visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/RSS-GiveUsALiftAppeal to make a donation.