Please donate to the GLFB this Christmas

For many children, Christmas is a time of pure joy and delight – it is the most magical time of the year.

Donate to the GLFB for Christmas 2014

Please donate and help make Christmas special for children with sight loss

Christmas can also be a stark reminder of how profoundly different life is for children with sight loss.

However, whilst we cannot give the most wonderful gift of sight, we can help to give blind children  the best possible start in life by providing funding for specialist education, support and care from nursery right through to college and beyond.

Sighted children learn by watching others; children with a vision impairment often need to be specifically taught skills and concepts they would not otherwise pick up.

That is why the GLFB is funding a range of tailored services including special, tactile nursery classes full of fun and creative activities to help children learn how to coordinate their muscles and movements.

Image just for a moment what it means for a blind child to be able to, for the first time, move with confidence and without the risk of injury to hang baubles on the Christmas tree. Or be able to join in during playtime with sighted children because they have learnt how to coordinate their movements. For a child with sight loss it is not just their first baby steps – it’s much bigger than that. It is the first steps to a brighter, more inclusive and hopeful future.

Special nursery classes funded by the GLFB – and made possible through your donations – could make all the difference to children like Timmy and Seema.

Seema was born blind and at the age of nine was still using her fingers to eat her meals as she did not have the hand movements and overall coordination needed to use a knife and fork.

The impact on her confidence was heart-breaking – Seema would only ever ask for sandwiches for fear of embarrassing herself during family meal times.

Now, after several months of attending one of our funded learning centres, Seema not only uses a knife and fork she’s also able to fully enjoy family meals. Apparently her face when she goes home from the centre is a picture of pride in her achievement and she is even trying new things as her confidence grows.

There is so much we can do – with your support – to help blind children get the most out of their young lives.

Please help us make Christmas special for more young people like Seema by donating today.

Will you help change a young life with a Christmas gift today?

  • £25 would pay for five individual toolkits to help children learn about spatial awareness and how to find their way around
  • £21 would pay for special nursery classes full of tactile, fun and creative activities to help children learn how to coordinate their muscles and movements to do things
  • £90 would cover the cost of a one to one support session to help a baby learn to play.

However much you choose to donate, your gift will lift the spirits of visually impaired young people like Seema, who will no longer have to miss out on playing with other children.

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A GLFB Christmas to remember

By changing a child’s life now, you’ll open up their world so they can look forward to a better, brighter and more inclusive future.

Click here to make a special Christmas donation to the GLFB. (You will be redirected to the the justgiving donation page for the GLFB.)

If you prefer to donate over the phone please call our fundraising and supporter care team on 020 7620 2066.

Thank you on behalf of all the young people whose lives you will help change forever. 

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 Extant

Extant iDance project

Extant iDance project