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 Thursday, 2 January, 2003, 18:23 GMT
Blind charity loses funding
A doctor checks a patient's eyes
The charity says blind people will suffer
Liverpool's main charity for the blind is to lose a quarter of its funding.

The Liverpool Voluntary Society for the Blind (LVSB) usually receives 250,000 a year from the RNIB.

But the RNIB says it cannot afford to give the society the funds this year.

Now the LVSB has said it will have to do its own fundraising, which is against the national policy of the RNIB.

We have to close a gap of 6m between our forecasted expenditure and our projected income

Lynne Stockbridge, RNIB
The shortfall has been blamed on stock market changes over the past year and a decrease in legacy funds since the 11 September attacks.

The LVSB's chief executive Jim Moran said the decision was a crushing blow to the charity.

And he warned that blind people in Liverpool would suffer as a result.

"Keeping in touch with local blind people is the sort of thing that the money would have been spent on," he said.

"The quality of life of blind people in Liverpool is going to be affected by this decision."

Donor 'fatigue'

He said the RNIB had raised money on behalf of the LVSB for the last 25 years.

"That of course sounds a really good idea because people out there are fed up with putting money in charity boxes," said Mr Moran.

"So that meant they only needed to give once and knew their money was going to a number of causes, which now can't happen."

The RNIB's Lynne Stockbridge said it had no choice but to cut the funding.

She said: "In the next financial year we have to close a gap of 6m between our forecasted expenditure and our projected income."

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