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Morag Fraser has blind faith in her works for the charity General Welfare of the Blind.

She set up their Scottish distribution network but, sadly, the week she could boast a team of 50 in place, the man who recruited her in Scotland died.

Morag said: "Our work is a tribute to Robert Duncan.

"He recruited me to help him establish a distribution system in Scotland for the products produced by the factories in England." Established in 1854, the charity makes polishes, cleaners, soaps, shampoos and a range of gift toiletries.

Morag said: "It is unique because it was set up to create jobs for blind people. They produce top quality products and my job is to sell them in Scotland." As a top sales person, Morag was recruited by Robert, director for Scotland for the General Welfare of the Blind organisation, and started work on January 1 this year.

She explained: "The more I sell the more secure are the jobs of the blind people manufacturing the goods." From a standing start, Morag recruited a couple of friends to help with deliveries of the orders she had secured.

She said: "We now employ 50 people. That is all due to Duncan's hard work." And though she is too modest to say so herself, there is the important element of Morag and her sales team's efforts too.

They set out to change the buying habits of businesses and argue that an office might only spend pounds 20 on cleaning materials but they DO have to spend it. So why not spend it with the GWB and help keep blind people in jobs? Working from the Container Base in Gartsherrie Road, Coatbridge, Morag and her team have moved to larger premises because of the volume of goods they despatch. MP Tom Clarke opened the new offices in October.

Morag remembers: "The first ware house was my cellar at home. Now I have a secretary, Paula-we desperately need a computer, which I'd love to be donated. But we have an excellent in-house training scheme and work to maintain the high standards established by GWB." They hold the National Quality Assurance Certificate for the design development and manufacture of aerosols to the standard BS ENISO 9001, apart from other European accreditation, and have a recognised quality management system in place.

Morag added: "There is no reason why we couldn't manufacture in Scotland too, to create jobs for blind people here. I'm working on that."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 11, 1997
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