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Privacy Policy


Welcome to Great London Fund for the Blind’s privacy notice.

We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting your personal data. This privacy notice will inform you as to how we look after your personal data when you visit our website (regardless of where you visit it from) and tell you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.

Important information and who we are

Purpose of this privacy notice

This privacy notice aims to give you information on how we collect and process your personal data through your use of this website, including any data you may provide through this website.

This website is not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect data relating to children.

It is important that you read this privacy notice together with any other privacy notice or fair processing notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This privacy notice supplements the other notices and is not intended to override them.


GLFB is the controller and responsible for your personal data (referred to as (“GLFB”), “we”, “us” or “our” in this privacy notice).

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues. We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.

Changes to the privacy notice and your duty to inform us of changes

It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.

Third-party links

This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.

The data we collect about you

Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).

We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together follows:

Identity Data includes first name, maiden name, last name, username or similar identifier, marital status, title, date of birth and gender.

Contact Data includes address, email address and telephone numbers.

Technical Data includes internet protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website.

Profile Data includes your interests, preferences, feedback and survey responses.

Usage Data includes information about how you use our website.

Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences.

We also collect, use and share Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated Data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used in accordance with this privacy notice.

We do not collect any Special Categories of Personal Data about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data). Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.

How is your personal data collected?

We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:

Direct interactions. You may give us your Identity and Contact by filling in forms or by corresponding with us by post, phone, email or otherwise. This includes personal data you provide when you:

subscribe to our service or publications;

request marketing to be sent to you;

enter a competition, promotion or survey; or

give us some feedback.

Automated technologies or interactions. As you interact with our website, we may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies, server logs and other similar technologies. We may also receive Technical Data about you if you visit other websites employing our cookies.

Third parties or publicly available sources. We may receive personal data about you from various third parties as set out below:

Technical Data from the following parties:

analytics providers such as Google based outside the EU;

advertising networks; and

Identity and Contact Data from publicly availably sources [such as Companies House and the Electoral Register based inside the EU.

How we use your personal data

We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you.

Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.

Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

Generally we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data other than in relation to sending third party direct marketing communications to you via email or text message. You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time by contacting us.

Purposes for which we will use your personal data

We have set out below, in a table format, a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate.

Note that we may process your personal data for more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data. Please contact us if you need details about the specific legal ground we are relying on to process your personal data where more than one ground has been set out in the table below.

Purpose/Activity Type of data Lawful basis for processing including basis of legitimate interest
To register you as a new customer (a) Identity(b) Contact Performance of a contract with you
To manage our relationship with you which will include:(a) Notifying you about changes to our terms or privacy policy

(b) Asking you to leave a review or take a survey

(a) Identity(b) Contact

(c) Profile

(d) Marketing and Communications

(a) Performance of a contract with you(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation

(c) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to keep our records updated and to study how customers use our products/services)

To enable you to partake in a prize draw, competition or complete a survey (a) Identity(b) Contact

(c) Profile

(d) Usage

(e) Marketing and Communications

(a) Performance of a contract with you(b) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to study how customers use our products/services, to develop them and grow our business)
To administer and protect our business and this website (including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data) (a) Identity(b) Contact

(c) Technical

(a) Necessary for our legitimate interests (for running our business, provision of administration and IT services, network security, to prevent fraud and in the context of a business reorganisation or group restructuring exercise)(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation
To deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you and measure or understand the effectiveness of the advertising we serve to you (a) Identity(b) Contact

(c) Profile

(d) Usage

(e) Marketing and Communications

(f) Technical

Necessary for our legitimate interests (to study how customers use our products/services, to develop them, to grow our business and to inform our marketing strategy)
To use data analytics to improve our website, products/services, marketing, customer relationships and experiences (a) Technical(b) Usage Necessary for our legitimate interests (to define types of customers for our products and services, to keep our website updated and relevant, to develop our business and to inform our marketing strategy)
To make suggestions and recommendations to you about goods or services that may be of interest to you (a) Identity(b) Contact

(c) Technical

(d) Usage

(e) Profile

Necessary for our legitimate interests (to develop our products/services and grow our business)


We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain personal data uses, particularly around marketing and advertising.

Promotional offers from us

We may use your Identity, Contact, Technical, Usage and Profile Data to form a view on what we think you may want or need, or what may be of interest to you. This is how we decide which products, services and offers may be relevant for you (we call this marketing).

You will receive marketing communications from us if you have requested information from us or purchased goods or services from us and you have not opted out of receiving that marketing.

Third-party marketing

The GLFB has a strict policy of not sharing details of our supporters with third parties for marketing purposes.

Cookie Policy

We operate an implied consent policy. This means that we assume that if you visit the website with your browser set to accept cookies that you are happy with their usage. If you are not happy you should not use the site or delete these cookies at the end of your visit.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are transferred by a website to your browser directory. They help the website identify your browser/device. They perform different tasks on a website, and certain aspects of the website will not function correctly without them. To find out more about cookies visit

The cookies used on a website are:

Google Analytics
This gathers information about users, how they found and navigated the site as well as facts about which browsers they have used. The data gathered by this cookie is anonymous and is used to enhance the usability of the website. Further information is available from

Session cookies
Session cookies are used to remember you when you log in and also for the shopping cart. Disabling these cookies will stop this functionality working.
Further information about session cookies is available from:

Last updated: 26/06/18

A huge thanks to our runners and their sponsors

Team GLFB’s wonderful marathon runners have so far raised £6,909.59 in aid of the charity’s work. We are most grateful for the commitment shown by Adrian, Alex, Ben, Edith, Elliot, Khalil and Stewart.

All seven runners completed the 26.2 mile course and some of the participants are already making plans to take part in further challenges: I collapsed over the line and swore never to put on a pair of running shoes again, but two days on my brain is already contemplating next year’s race so we’ll see how that plays out”, said Adrian.

Another Team GLFB member, Khalil, is looking to become an official Guide Runner for 10k and half marathons. We wish both Adrian and Khalil the best of luck in achieving their next set of goals!

If you are considering making a post-event donation, please take a moment to visit the team’s justgiving pages. For the full list of Team GLFB’s fundraising pages please click here. The team has raised £263.72 for each marathon mile. Can you help us reach £7,860 and make this £300 raised per mile?

Team GLFB 2019

GLFB Marathon

Join Team GLFB today!

If you would like to join Team GLFB for the 2019 London marathon please click here for further information.

The marathon is an important source of income for the GLFB and also personally rewarding for the runners.  As one of our runners, Stuart, said: “Very challenging but epic event!”

Get in touch today!

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 Adrian, Alex, Ben, Edith, Elliot, Khalil and Stuart 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

Alex Lowman

Ben Whelan

Edith Parker

Elliot Lamerton

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

Virgin Money London Marathon 2019: Team GLFB

Register your interest

We have a number of places available for the 2019 London marathon.  If you would like to run for a great cause and get yourself super fit in the process, please get in touch with our fundraising team by emailing to reserve your place. If you prefer a quick chat about the event over the phone, please call 020 7620 2066 and one of our team will be happy to answer your questions.

The commitment we require from you

Training for and running the full 26.2 miles is a fantastic demonstration of your commitment to helping improve the lives of people living with sight loss.

As the GLFB relies entirely on voluntary income we also ask that all runners commit to raising a minimum of £2,000.

What happens next

Once you have registered your interest we will reserve a place for you and forward an application pack when our application process formally opens on 23rd April 2018. Your completed application form must reach us by 1st October 2018. If your application is successful we will confirm your place for the 2019 marathon and ask you to pay a non-refundable administration fee of £100.

Get in touch today to reserve your place on Team GLFB!

Thank you.

Raj Bhayani

Virgin Money London Marathon Golden Bond Holder logo

Virgin Money London Marathon Golden Bond Holder logo

The GLFB Programme Fund

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 grant programme. Please read on for further details.

Apply for funding and help change lives

Blind in Business Employment Workshop

Employment training workshop provided by Blind in Business – a GLFB grant recipient.

My name is Khafsa Ghulam and I am the Programme Fund and Partner Liaison Officer. My role is to manage the Programme Fund by providing advice and guidance to prospective and existing applicants and grant recipients.

We are now accepting applications for our Programme Fund, so if you would like to learn more or make an application, then please get in touch.

The Programme Fund is designed to support organisations to meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people in Greater London. In the past we have funded a variety of projects such as the setup of sport teams and music groups, as well as funding organisations which help people with sight loss to develop their employment skills.

So, if your project has the scope to make a positive and direct impact on the lives of blind and partially sighted Londoners, then we want to hear from you. Do get in touch, especially if your project is innovative.

I am happy to talk to you before you make an application and support you through the application process; as well as keeping in contact with you during and after the duration of your project. You can contact me using my email address:

We hope to support some great projects and look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you.

Khafsa Ghulam

Wing Yip Superstores donates £1000 to the GLFB

Wing Yip Superstore in Cricklewood have donated the proceeds from sales of their carrier bags to the Greater London Fund for the Blind. The store’s charitable scheme has proved a success resulting in a £1000 donation in aid of our work.

The cheque was presented by Eva of Wing Yip to our collections manager, Andrew, on 27th September 2017.

The GLFB would like to thank Junny Shek, Director at Wing Yip Superstores, for his generosity in nominating the GLFB as a charitable beneficiary of their in-store scheme.

We would also like to thank the GLFB team at our charity shop in Willesden for helping secure the support from Wing Yip Superstores.

Eva of Wing Yip presents a cheque for £1000 in support of the charity's work to Andrew of the GLFB.

Eva of Wing Yip presents a cheque for £1000 in support of the charity’s work to Andrew, collections manager at the GLFB.










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

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

GLFB logo in full colour

Asda Wembley and Asda Foundation support the GLFB

Greater London Fund for the Blind and our member charity Middlesex Association for the Blind would like to thank staff and customers at the Asda store in Wembley for their wonderful, hands-on support of our work.

We would also like to thank the Asda Foundation for their support over many years, most recently with a donation of £500. The Foundation’s generosity is an encouraging boost for the GLFB.

cheque presentation

(Left to right) Asda Wembley store manager Jeet, GLFB collections manager Andrew and Asda staff member Trace. Cheque presentation on 5 June 2017.

Your chance to join in

If you are a customer of Asda Wembley, or live locally, here’s your chance to join in and help raise vital funds for your local blind club.

Store manager Jeet and his team member Trace have kindly given the charity the chance to fundraise in their store over two days on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th June. We will be collecting from 9am to 6pm.

If you’d like to get involved with our fundraising, we’d be glad of your helping hand. To sign up as a volunteer collector, contact our collections manager Andrew on 020 7620 2066 or drop him an email at