Your support matters

Every donation the GLFB receives means another blind or partially sighted person has an increased chance of a better quality of life.

It is because of the on-going support from GLFB friends like you that we are able to be there for over 50,000 people every year at school, at home and at work.

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Your support is making an impact every day

We are delighted to share with you some of the recent success stories made possible thanks to the generosity of our supporters. The latest edition of the supporter newsletter, Insight, provides a snapshot of what an incredible difference your donations are helping make.

Last year, we distributed over £1.45 million to our member charities who in turn were able to increase the level of support they provide at the local level.

The funds are used for a range of vital blind welfare services including specialist education for infants, employment training for working age adults, lunch clubs for isolated older people and confidence-boosting theatre workshops for visually impaired teenagers.

Please take a moment to read the latest update on how your donations are making a direct, positive and lasting difference – every day. 

The newsletter has been written very much with you – our supporter – in mind. It’s our way to not only keep you up to date on how we spend your contributions but to also say thank you for helping us unlock the potential of blind and partially sighted people.

For those who want to get more involved with our work, the article on the back page is especially for you. If you are able to spare a couple of hours during our two annual public collection days in April and May 2015, we would love to hear from you. You don’t need any experience, just bundles of enthusiasm!

If you would like to receive a copy of the Insight newsletter through the post please get in touch with our fundraising team.

Your support matters – please continue to think of us when considering your next charity donation.

Thank you.

GLFB Newsletter Autumn 2014

Sutton Vision: Changing Perceptions

Sutton Vision have produced a new film clip, Other Ways of Seeing, as part of their campaign to change perceptions of blindness and sight loss.

The clip features Erica, Sue and Hannah who share their experiences of sight loss and the difference Sutton Vision is helping make.

To find out more about Sutton Vision and to make a donation go to suttonvision.org.uk or click on the charity’s logo below.

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iDance! project funded by GLFB – new youtube clip

Extant’s iDance! project attracted people of all ages with the youngest being 16 and the oldest 90.

The aim of iDance is to give blind and partially sighted people the opportunity to try out a range of dance styles. The overall aim is to help build confidence in movement.

Please take a moment to check out the dance class in action!

For more information about Extant please visit http://extant.org.uk/

Our History

In 2011 the Greater London Fund for the Blind celebrated its 90th anniversary. The year represents a landmark for a charity which continues to do what Sir Arthur Pearson intended back in 1921: support, counsel and encourage the blind and visually impaired in London through member charities.

Just before his death in 1921, newspaper magnate Sir Arthur Pearson organised a ‘Geranium Day’ appeal in London for the blind and visually impaired.

Pearson, founder of the Daily Express, proprietor of the Evening Standard, and left blind by glaucoma, had already founded the national charity, St Dunstan’s, in 1915 for soldiers blinded in war.

It was the post-war poverty and low social spending of London, however, that inspired Pearson to found a new society in the capital using the Geranium Day funds.

With his contacts and creativity, Pearson soon had a name, a symbol and the first royal patron, HRH Louise, the Princess Royal.

Pearson’s death was mourned by Cabinet, royal family and the blind community, but his philanthropic work gave hope to thousands who shared his difficulties: for in 1921, the Greater London Fund for the Blind began its work.

Since 1921 the GLFB has been raising money and working hard in London’s blind community. We have had many successful events and many enthusiastic patrons, but as the new decade dawns, with so much more work to be done, we need to find new, exciting, and creative ways to raise funds.

We need your support to help us carry on this work, so please: keep attending events; keep donating; and most importantly, keep in touch.


90th Anniversary Timeline