Sponsor Team GLFB 2018 today and help make a difference

Virgin Money London Marathon Golden Bond Holder logo

Virgin Money London Marathon Golden Bond Holder logo

The big day is almost upon us and GLFB’s dedicated team of marathon runners are rearing to go.

Why not give our runners Age, Alex, Ben, Edith, Elliot, Khalil and Stu that extra boost by sponsoring them with a donation today.

You can check out their online fundraising pages – and read about what has motivated each of them to run for the charity – by following the links below.

Virgin Money London Marathon 2018: Team GLFB

Age and Stu Fourpure

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamfourpure

Alex Lowman

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alex-lowman1

Ben Whelan

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ben-whelan1

Edith Parker

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/edith-parker

Elliot Lamerton

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elliot-lamerton

Khalil Hassanali

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/khalil-hassanali

Every donation helps make a difference. A huge thanks on behalf of our runners and the visually impaired people who will benefit from your generosity.

Geranium Day 2018 – Friday 20th April

We are delighted to announce details of GLFB’s public collection day for 2018.

This year’s fundraiser is the biggest yet with three vision impairment charities joining us – BlindAid, Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) and England and Wales Blind Golf.

The event will be formally launched at 10 Downing Street and will be followed by a number of local fundraising activities including cake sales, raffles and sponsored walks.

Our team of fundraisers will also be making their way to some of London’s greatest stations with their buckets and collection tins. We are grateful to the station staff at Liverpool Street, Bank, St Paul’s and London Bridge for their support of our annual public fundraising event.
If you find yourself near these stations on Friday 20th April, do stop by and say hello to our friendly collectors. If you’re able, please donate – it would be most appreciated.

You can also support our work with a donation online.

Whatever you are able to give to our Geranium Day appeal, your gift will enable us to fund some fantastic projects and much-needed services for people who urgently need our support. To find out more about the impact that your support can and will have, please click here.

 Thank you in advance for whatever you are able to give.
Geranium Day collectors

Geranium Day collectors at London Liverpool Street railway station

Supporter Newsletter – Insight Autumn 2017

Your latest Supporter update, Insight Autumn 2017 – available now!  

The latest edition of your supporter newsletter, Insight, is now available. To view and download the newsletter, please click here.  For a large print version, please click here.

The newsletter is our (small) way to say ‘thank you’ to our supporters for helping fund vital services for blind and partially sighted people. Michael, whose story we feature in this edition of Insight, is testament to what can be achieved given the right opportunities and support.

Michael’s story

Michael was born partially sighted with his vision worsening over the years. Despite his circumstances, he was determined to achieve his full potential. Michael was able to build a successful career in furniture making in a number of senior roles, including as a supervisor overseeing a team of 20 staff.

Photo of Michael with his Volunteer of the Year Award.

Michael with his Volunteer of the Year Award

Unfortunately, following an economic downturn, Michael was made redundant. Although he had over 35 years’ experience to offer, Michael felt that the combination of his sight loss and advancing age meant that it would take a lot to convince a new employer of his worth to their company.

However, within a few months, Michael’s prospects changed completely when his application to work with CLARITY, a GLFB-funded member charity, succeeded. Since then Michael has thrived both as a fully engaged and productive team member at CLARITY and also as a volunteer at a charity that supports sight impaired people live independently. You can read his story on page two.

Order your free legacy booklet and help us build a brighter future.

Gifts left in wills are a significant source of income for the Greater London Fund for the Blind. Please accept our deepest thanks if you have already included the GLFB in your Will. Your legacy gift will enable us to be there for more people like Michael.

If you are considering leaving a gift to help safeguard our work in the decades ahead and would like more information, we would be happy to send you a personal copy of our legacy information booklet. For more information on the booklet, please see page four of the newsletter, or if you prefer to speak to a member of our legacies team please call us on 020 7620 4918.

 

Thank you from all at the Greater London Fund for the Blind for your continued support of our vital work.

Innovative online housing guide launched

Searching for a new home is about to become a more positive experience for visually impaired people.

An innovative online housing guide developed with funding from Thomas Pockligton Trust (TPT) has brought together a raft of information and advice in one easy-to-access location.

The housing guide for people with sight loss covers a wide range of topics including support for living independently, the moving process, living in a shared house and assistive technology.

The tool which can be found here provides useful suggestions and signposts to over 100 sources for further advice.

Peer-to-peer advice

The authors of the guide worked closely with younger adults with sight loss to gain valuable insights into their experiences of searching for a new home. By co-producing the tool with people with sight loss and sharing personal experiences of visually impaired people who have different life circumstances, the authors have given a valuable platform to peer advice.  For example, the section on ‘options for a future move’ includes a podcast on house-seeking from visually impaired people.

The tool will also be a useful resource to any housing organisation, authority or support service involved in helping a visually impaired person to find a suitable home.

If you have any thoughts on the guide and would like to feedback or you would like more information, you can email TPT directly at research@pocklington-trust.org.uk

 To find out more about the Thomas Pocklington Trust please click here to be taken to their website.

GLFB logo in full colour