Union helps charity in Mary's memory
A DONATION to help prevent blindness in Africa has been given in memory of a Derby journalist and trades union activist.
The money was given by the Derby and Burton branch of the National Union of Journalists in memory of blind colleague Mary Beilby, of Long Eaton, who died in August, aged 76. She had been secretary of the branch for more than 25 years and lost her sight in her 40s.
The donation of just over £30, which will help 200 people, was given to the overseas disability charity CBM to help distribute medicine to people in South Sudan who suffer river blindness caused by microscopic worms.
Branch chairman Kevin Palmer said: "Members felt this was something that Mary would have approved of."