We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to our annual Geranium for the Blind public collection.
A fantastic £13,106.78 was dropped into our volunteers’ buckets and collections tins across towns and stations in London.
Geranium Day 2016 volunteer collectors in and around greater London, helping raise vital funds for local services.
Thanks to your generosity we will be able to reach a greater number of people in need of specialist care and assistance.
For example, your donations could help cover the cost of mobility training for 262 people with severe sight loss. That’s 262 people’s lives you will have helped changed for the better.
Mobility training plays a crucial part in reducing isolation and helping ensure blind people, like Chris, are not cut off from daily life.
Helping change lives – Chris’ story
Chris (not his real name) is one of the people whose life was transformed through mobility classes provided by a GLFB-funded member charity.
Chris said: “When I lost my sight five years ago, I was devastated. I felt that everything I knew, everything I had learnt, was about to be taken from me. I soon learnt that losing my sight also meant losing my independence – my ability to go about daily life unaided.
Thanks to the help I received from my local blind welfare charity I have learnt to navigate my way around through regular mobility training classes. But it is more than just being able to go outside or walk from my bedroom to the kitchen.
It means the world to me to know that every time I get out of bed or step outside my front door that I am not at risk of injury and that I am able to go about daily life without the constant fear and worry I used to experience when I first lost my sight. I want to thank you for supporting the GLFB, it means a lot to sight impaired people like me.”
It’s been another huge few months for the GLFB and our local member charities.
The latest issue of the Supporter Update illustrates how your donations are enabling the GLFB to empower teens like Allan who has been partially sighted from a young age.
Sight loss can happen to anyone at any time, and we want to ensure that we are able to be there to provide vital assistance when needed.
With the number of people in the UK with a visual impairment expected to increase to 2.25 million over the next four years, the need for donations to help fund our work is ever increasing.
Please consider sending a gift today so that we are able to reach more people like Allan in need of specialist support. Our warmest thanks in advance for any contribution you are able to make.
If you would like to know more about the impact of your donations in the local community, please contact us.
Please stop and drop!
Staff and volunteers from the Greater London Fund for the Blind will be collecting in and
Andrew and Tommy collecting vital donations to help fund services for people living with sight loss.
around London to raise vital income to help fund services for visually impaired people.
We have also teamed up with our nine member charities to make sure everyone who would like to donate their loose change – or better still, spare notes! – are able to do so.
Our team of collectors will be stationed across Greater London with their buckets and collection boxes throughout the day on Friday 20th May.
So if you see one of our collectors please stop, say hi! and drop your donation into their buckets and collection boxes!
Please help us make a difference to people’s lives by donating to our Geranium Day for the Blind campaign
A big thank you from all of us in advance for your kind donations.
Raj Bhayani, Head of Appeals and Digital Marketing
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.
GLFB Newsletter Autumn 2015
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.
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.
GLFB Newsletter Autumn 2015