Suzanne is planning a big thank you

Pitmedden woman Suzanne Cattanach, who is registered blind, is to hold a fundraising night for the charity North East Sensory Services.
Pitmedden woman Suzanne Cattanach, who is registered blind, is to hold a fundraising night for the charity North East Sensory Services.

A PITMEDDEN mother-of-three is finalising a major event to raise funds for a charity providing vital help for the visually impaired.

Suzanne Cattanach, 38, was devastated after losing central vision in both eyes within months last year. She has a condition called Myopic Corinoretinal Degeneration and is now registered blind.

But she was determined to keep her life as independent as possible and is organising a fundraising night in the local village hall next month to boost the coffers of North East Sensory Services (formerly Grampian Society for the Blind).

Suzanne said: “This, as you can imagine, has had a great impact on my family and on myself as an individual. At first I felt like everything in my life had to stand still and I had given up.

“But then I met with visual impairment workers, including Daryl Bryden, and North East Sensory Services and with their help I began to realise there was so much help out there available to keep my life as independent as possible.

“The main point of my fundraiser is to raise awareness of the condition and raise enough money to give to the charity for people like me who need things in and outwith their homes to keep day-to-day life as independent as possible.”

The event is in Pitmedden Village Hall on Saturday, June 2, from 8pm-1am. Tickets at £10 can be obtained by calling 01651 842083, or via Pitmedden Events page on Facebook.