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
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, 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.
HRH The Countess of Wessex officially opened our new Geranium Charity Shop located on Kensington High Street on Tuesday 15 March.
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.
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 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
For location and contact details of our twelve charity shops please click here.
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.
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
“The GLFB is one of two charities I’ve been supporting. I believe no one should be deprived of their vision.” Kate
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
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