Dorset Blind Association hopes social media will rescue #tryitblind campaign

After raising less than half of its £15,000 target, a Poole-based charity that supports blind and partially sighted people is using social media to extend its #tryitblind campaign.

Dorset Blind Association is raising money for an employment project for those with partially or completely blinded sight. Launched in September, the fund has so far raised just £4,500.

The #tryitblind campaign involves people trying something blindfolded, whether it be putting on lipstick, decorating a cake or drawing a picture, hundreds of people have already gotten involved with the movement.

People have even been sending videos in to the charity, with one girl playing a game of pool blindfolded.

A number of celebs have come out in support of the campign, including Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes and a number of local MPs.

Jaya Da Costa, fundraising manager for Dorset Blind Association, is loving the support the campaign’s received so far.

‘‘We have had great support from the press with this campaign and people are really getting involved,’’ said Da Costa.

‘‘We’ve seen some very creative videos online, but we are just not getting the big donations that make campaigns like this succeed.’’

If you want to support to the campaign, text MPLY22 £3 to 70070 to donate £3, or go to

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