2011 marked the 90th anniversary of the charity’s work with blind and partially sighted people.
To mark the occasion we held a number of high profile fundraising events through the year and into 2012.
The 90th Anniversary celebrations got off to an excellent start with a donation of £100,000 from a most generous GLFB Vice President.
In April, The Prime Minister together with Sir Stirling Moss and Hayley Mills then launched the 90th Geranium Flag Day Appeal at Downing Street. David Cameron also kindly agreed to host a reception party at No 10 to bring the 90th year to a close in June 2012.
In May, Vice President Sir Rocco Forte sponsored a fundraising cocktail party reception at Browns, attended by our Royal Patron The Countess of Wessex, Vice President The Hon Rear Admiral Sir Donald Gosling KCVO and many celebrity guests and friends.
In July the Lanesborough Hotel hosted a very special anniversary dinner, at which Vice President Sir John Major gave a speech on global matters. He also spoke movingly, and with personal experience, of the challenges faced every day by people with sight loss:
“We – with sight – say ‘I see’ when we mean ‘I understand’. But for those who cannot see, it must be hard to understand our helter-skelter frantic world. And for many – and there are too many – how impossible it must be – how heartbreaking.”
In October, the annual Koch/London Metal Exchange Football Club in aid of the GLFB took place in the grounds of Kensington Palace with international teams from South America, Europe and the UK.