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Armagh visually impaired group friends celebrate winning lottery funding share

An Armagh-based group for the visually impaired is celebrating after winning a lottery grant under Awards for All.

The Orchard Social Club will receive a total of £4,306 as part of a £693,133 pay day for 82 groups across Northern Ireland.

Orchard Social Club for Visually Impaired People in Armagh provides a social venue for local people with visual impairments.

They are using the grant to run a programme of activities including theatre outings, day trips and group dinners to bring people together and improve well being.

The club meets every other Tuesday for games, speakers, events and socialising in the Dobbin Street Community Centre in Armagh, and transport is provided if needed.

The Orchard Social Club has been running for 26 years.

Anna Beamish, a member of the club and a past chairperson, said: “The grant funding from Awards for All has opened a whole new world to many of the members and a happy atmosphere has developed in the club. The members are extremely grateful to Big Lottery Fund for the support.”

Picture: Club members who enjoyed a mystery tour earlier this month which concluded with a meal in the Armagh City Hotel.

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