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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.


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.

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 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.


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.


Michelle_Team GLFB London Marathon 2015

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