charity to move out of its Highbridge headquarters this month
national charity based in Highbridge is moving out of the town
this month as it merges with another organisation.
The National Blind Childrens Society (NBCS) has joined
forces with another charity, Guide Dogs, and has decided to shut
its headquarters in Highbridge's Market Street, pictured here.
charity says the move is aimed at "streamlining its operations".
The loss of the employer is a fresh blow to the centre of Highbridge
and has this week been met with disappointment by traders.
But the charity's spokeswoman, Joanna Roughton, explained the
decison to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "NBCS, while retaining its
identity as a separate legal entity, has become a wholly owned
subsidiary of Guide Dogs, whose head office is near Reading."
"This new alliance will not only secure our future but will
enable us to build on and expand our services to children who
are blind and partially-sighted and their families throughout
the UK. As such, it is a very important and positive step for
the future of our charity."
added: "NBCS will continue its work through the Guide Dogs
regional and national offices. As part of the inevitable streamlining
operation when two organisations join together, and to avoid unnecessary
duplication of functions, our Highbridge office will close later
"Some staff have decided to relocate to the relevant Guide
Dogs offices, while others have chosen to follow other paths."
Highbridge Chamber of Trade Chairman Mike Murphy says he is sad
to learn the news.
He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This is very disappointing
for Highbridge, especially as this organisation was a good employer
and occupied a large premises in the centre of the town. I am
very sorry to see them go."