Here’s your chance to join a special fundraising lunch hosted by HRH The Countess of Wessex in early September, to raise funds for the GLFB.
As Royal Patron of the GLFB since 2003, The Countess is passionate about supporting initiatives and groups that seek to improve the lives of people who have a visual impairment.
From creating awareness about the charity’s grassroots work to officially opening GLFB’s new Geranium Shop on Kensington High Street, don’t miss out on this opportunity to help raise vital funds in support of the GLFB.
Guests will be treated to the delightfully appointed India Room at her royal residence, Bagshot Park, and the day will run as follows:
- Champagne reception in the house or gardens with music
- Welcome address by The Countess of Wessex
- Opportunity to tour the grounds before or after a spectacular lunch prepared by Mosimann’s
- Speech delivered by a distinguished celebrity guest, or concluded with some top line entertainment (tbc) to round off what promises to be a very special occasion.
The number of attendees will be strictly limited to ensure exclusivity. If you would like to receive details of this fundraising event in aid of the GLFB, please mark the title of the email as “confidential” and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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