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Creative writing meetup for VI people this April

Would you like to get an idea out of your head, onto the page and straight to the stage? Are you keen to get some support and advice on how to write for theatre/performance? Do you want to socialise and make friends with other writers?

creative writing meetup London

Right to Write is a new writers’ meetup for visually impaired people who want to share their writing or be inspired to write their own work.

The meetup group is a friendly environment where participants can talk about their ideas, have their work read, gain group feedback and encouragement, and learn more through trips to the theatre.

How to get involved
Right to Write will meet around six times throughout the year starting with some exciting activities in April supported by GLFB grant recipient Extant, Britain’s leading professional arts company of visually impaired people and Theatre503,
an award-winning performing arts venue in Battersea.

If this sounds up your street then please email admin@extant.org.uk. No previous writing experience required. Passion, enthusiasm and some level of commitment is all you need!

GLFB Royal Patron The Countess of Wessex completes cycle challenge

Sophie, HRH The Countess of Wessex and GLFB Patron completed a 445-mile cycle ride from the Palace of Hollyroodhouse to Buckingham Palace in support of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).

GLFB Patron Sophie The Countess of Wessex cycles on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace

GLFB Patron Sophie The Countess of Wessex cycles on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace

As  a long-term supporter of the DofE, The Countess set out to do something special to mark its 60th anniversary.

When asked to take part in the Diamond anniversary appeal, Sophie gave some thought on what she could do to rise to the challenge:

So what could I do? It had to be something outside my comfort zone that was challenging enough to require a high level of personal commitment. Cycling is something I only tend to do with my children and never for more than the odd hour. It is something I’ve always found to be one of the more testing forms of exercise physically and mentally, so cycling it had to be!”

The result is an amazing £182,360 raised in support of the DofE’s work. The funds raised will give many more young people in the UK the opportunity to experience the life changing opportunities the Award offers.

The Greater London Fund for the Blind is proud of this excellent achievement and the positive impact it will make to the young people who will go on to benefit from the anniversary appeal.

To find out more about the cycle challenge and read The Countess’ personal account please click here.

The Countess of Wessex (centre) crosses the border between Scotland and England at Carter Bar with other riders

The Countess of Wessex (centre) crosses the border between Scotland and England at Carter Bar with other riders, as she takes part in a cycling challenge from the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace in London, for her DofE Diamond Challenge. (Photo courtesy The Countess of Wessex DofE challenge blog.)

For Sophie’s JustGiving page please click here.

Countess of Wessex Opens Geranium Charity Shop

HRH The Countess of Wessex officially opened our new Geranium Charity Shop located on Kensington High Street on Tuesday 15 March.

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As Royal Patron of the GLFB, The Countess was presented with a bouquet to mark the occasion, following a tour of the shop during which she was able to meet staff, volunteers and donors from the local community without whom this shop would not be able to generate the income which sustains our ability to help even more people who are blind or partially sighted.

One such individual was Bettie who at ninety two years old could not wait to be introduced to our Patron. As with many of the guests present, Bettie had become a loyal customer of our shop before it was forced to relocate around the corner to the current super new premises.

HRH’s morning visit concluded with the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon to great applause, marking the official opening of this new venture, part of which will be featured in a Sky television documentary marking HM The Queen’s 90th year.

If you would also like to support our charity by donating a few unwanted items, goods, clothing, furniture etc then please click here to view the list of shops near you.

National Eye Health Week 2015

Lunch Club Merton Vision

Social gathering at GLFB member charity Merton Vision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th Annual National Eye Health Week – Monday 21 to Sunday 27 September 2015

Today is the start of the sixth annual National Eye Health Week.  To mark the occasion, GLFB’s member charities are holding a series of events.

Sutton Vision, for example, have teamed up with the Thomas Pocklington Trust and the RNIB to stage an event at Sutton High Street.  You can download the promotional flyer here.  If you are unable to open the document, pop over to Sutton Vision’s website.

Sight for Surrey, another GLFB member charity, will also be out on the streets in Surrey. Staff and volunteers will be promoting the importance of good eye health during their roadshow starting on Wednesday 23rd September.  For details of the roadshow please click here. Alternatively, please visit Sight for Surrey’s website.

To find out more about good eye health and for details of events nation-wide visit Vision Matter’s website.

 

 

Royal Visit in recognition of GLFB volunteer’s long service

The Greater London Fund for the Blind was delighted to host our Royal Patron Sophie The Countess of Wessex, at our Lee Green charity shop.

The visit, which took place on Friday 26th June 2015, included a personal presentation of a plaque and a beautiful bouquet of flowers to Mrs Christine Symes in recognition of 30 years’ service as GLFB shop volunteer.

Lorraine Foot, GLFB’s Trading Manager said: “It was so nice for the countess to attend our shop and show Christine how much we appreciate her. We all love working for the charity and we have some great volunteers just like Christine. I would also like to thank all our supporters, without them we would not have the shops we have.”

HRH The Countess of Wessex in front of GLFB's Lee Green charity shop. With staff and volunteers including Mrs Christine Symes, Lorraine Foot and Jazz Matharatu.

HRH The Countess of Wessex at the entrance of GLFB’s Lee Green charity shop. Standing with HRH are staff and volunteers including Mrs Christine Symes, Lorraine Foot and Jazz Matharu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal visit covered in the Greenwich Times newspaper 7 July 2015

Royal visit covered in the Greenwich Times newspaper 7 July 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For location and contact details of our twelve charity shops please click here.

 

 

 

 

A big thank you to Michelle & Kate

London Marathon 2015 – Team GLFB

A big thank you to Michelle and Kate for their wonderful support of the Greater London Fund for the Blind. Their commitment has been an absolute inspiration!

Both completed this year’s London Marathon and in so doing, raised vital funds for the charity. Michelle and Kate’s participation at the event also helped raise the GLFB’s profile – a fantastic boost!

Michelle completed the challenge in 6 hours and 34 minutes with an overall place of 36638.

Kate ran past the finishing line at 5 hours and 42 minutes with an overall place of 34136.

 

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Michelle, Team GLFB, running the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 in support of the GLFB

 

“Running and raising money for GLFB was one of the best experiences of my life. With a bit of determination everyone could make that difference.” Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate, Team GLFB proudly holding her much-deserved London Marathon medal

Kate, Team GLFB, proudly holding her much-deserved London Marathon medal

 

 

The GLFB is one of two charities I’ve been supporting. I believe no one should be deprived of their vision.”  Kate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sainsbury’s Harringay

Sainsbury's Potters Bar Supporting GLFB

Sainsbury’s Supporting GLFB

On the 10th April 2015 the Greater London Fund for the Blind and Sainsbury’s Harringay will be working together to raise funds for the local blind and visually impaired. Last year’s bucket collection realised the sum of just under £160.00, let’s hope we can surpass that.

So remember if you’re in the store on Friday come over and say hi.

 

Thank you Sainsbury’s Potters Bar

Thank you! Sainsbury’s Potters Bar

The Greater London Fund for the Blind would like to thank Sainsbury’s Potters Bar for allocating us a collection day at the store on the 5th September 2015. On that day we managed to raise £127.03.

We would like to thank the customers who very generously donated funds to our cause and who over the last 4 years have allowed us to raise £3333.49 at the store.

With warmest regards
The Collections Team

Sainsbury's Potters Bar Supporting GLFB

Sainsbury’s Potters Bar Supporting GLFB