Lions fund improvements to facilities

13 March 2019

Lions Club members from around Devon have helped funded important improvement work at WESC Foundation’s Exeter campus.

Lions Club members present a cheque to WESC Foundation

Imagine being visually impaired and having to navigate your way around an unfamiliar toilet, perhaps having to resort to feeling your way around the surfaces with your hands.

For most of us it’s not a prospect that we would relish, but thanks to funding from Lions Clubs around Devon it’s about to become a thing of the past at WESC Foundation, Exeter’s specialist centre for visual impairment.

Two talking “RoomMate” devices, developed in the South West by ADI Access, will be installed on the walls of the visitors’ toilets at the main campus reception, which welcomes plenty of visually-impaired people (including students, staff and visitors) through its doors each day.

Triggered on entering a disabled access toilet, the technology will offer visitors the opportunity to activate a recorded description of the room.

Representatives of Lions Clubs in Okehampton, Exeter, Exeter West, Crediton and Tiverton visited WESC Foundation’s main campus on the outskirts of Exeter and enjoyed a tour of the site.

Cheques were presented by Eric Parkes of Crediton and District Lions Club (on behalf of all the clubs involved) and received by Jon Duckham, WESC Foundation’s Fundraising Manager.

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