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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.

The application round for the current quarter closes on Friday 15 June 2018.

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:

The application deadline for the first quarter of the 2018-2019 grant programme is Friday 15 June 2018.

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


Geranium Day 2017 – Friday 28th April

Staff and volunteers from the GLFB will be in and around London stations collecting funds for vital services for visually impaired people.

If you find yourself near Liverpool Street station on Friday, do stop by and say hello to our friendly collectors. If you’re able, please donate – it would be most appreciated! We will gladly take your old pound coins and five pound notes too!

Making a direct impact

Last year, commuters and local residents donated over £13,000 to our Geranium Day appeal. This tremendous generosity is enabling us to make a direct impact on the lives of people living with sight loss.

For example, raising the same amount this year would help pay for 3,250 hot meals at local GLFB-funded centres or cover the cost of transport for medical appointments for 2,167 visually impaired people. So do drop a coin or two if you get the chance!


Geranium Day collection

Geranium Day 2016: GLFB collections manager Andrew Banfield and volunteer collector Tommy Mulholland raising funds at Liverpool Street station.

Coming together in pursuit of a single goal

Speaking to volunteer collectors and supporters, Andrew Banfield, GLFB collections manager said: “Geranium Day is more than just a great opportunity to raise funds for visually impaired people – it is also a day of solidarity.  All the GLFB member charities, staff and volunteers come together in pursuit of a single goal”. 

Our collectors will be joined by volunteers from GLFB member charities and associated visual impairment organisations at the following stations: Aldgate, Barbican, Cannon Street, Fenchurch Street, Moorgate and London Bridge.

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.

Your generosity will help make a difference to the lives of people affected by sight loss. Thank you in advance for whatever you are able to give.

Raj Bhayani

Head of Appeals

The Geranium - symbol of caring for people with a visual impairment

The Geranium – symbol of caring for people with a visual impairment