Category Archives: Past Events

Maddy and the Invisible Band of Groovers – a family-friendly show

Maddy and the Invisible Band of Groovers is a hit at theatres across the UK, and is all set to debut in London on November 19 at Half Moon Theatre.

Why not treat your young ones and teenagers (and you!) to a spirited show that won’t break the bank?

Maddy and the Invisible Band of Groovers is staged by Invisible Flash, a new theatre company, that works extensively with schools for blind children. All of their stories are enhanced to improve access for a non-sighted audience.


Invisible Flash also works in partnership with Kazzum, a performing arts company – that received a special GLFB grant – for children, young people and adults with a visual impairment.

Children and adults with sight loss can easily feel alienated and disengaged from the people and activities around them.

The GLFB funds a variety of extra-curricular projects, from theatre workshops to sports programmes, which help boost self-confidence, develop independence and improve one’s overall quality of life.

What’s in store?
Maddy lacks confidence and has had a bad day at school. Her Grandfather has just moved in, the last thing she wants to do is help him unpack his boxes. But, when Maddy opens a very special box, Grandfather lets her into a secret, involving a girl with portable ears, a piano teacher, vile siblings, an old potato and a bus-driving owl.

Full of audience participation and using storytelling, puppetry and songs to celebrate diversity, difference and friendship, the show is performed by four actors and encourages you to believe in yourself. The participatory performance is aimed at children aged six to10.

Grab your tickets and get ready for some top-notch entertainment that is sure to please theatre enthusiasts of all ages.

For further information on the show, including timings and tickets, check out

Bank of Blues Charity Fundraiser for GLFB

Bank of Blues’ charity fundraiser in aid of the GLFB saw an epic turnout for an evening of blues at Harry’s Bar in London on 16 November.

Eden Riche, the event organiser and lead singer of the band said: “This is our third gig in support of the GLFB. It’s a fantastic cause, and because the focus is London, it’s that much more special to the band who live and work here. It’s an honour to be associated with the GLFB. We hope to do it again soon.”

bank of blues' lead singer eden riche

Bank of Blues’ lead singer Eden Riche

This year’s event was staged specifically to raise awareness of GLFB’s work in the local community helping improve the lives of people with a visual impairment.

Playing together for almost 30 years, Bank of Blues comprises musicians who work in the financial sector, including two former chief economists at the Bank of England. And, they’ve been raising money for charitable causes since their first gig at Christmas in 1988.

In 2013, Bank of Blues won the inaugural Finance Rocks, a charity battle of the bands between global finance organisations, held at the iconic 100 Club in Oxford Street.

bank of blues

Bank of Blues

Get Involved
Wondering how you can help the GLFB too? Donate today to raise funds towards vital services, including specialist support to a family with a blind child, employment skills training to a young adult or lunch clubs for an isolated older person. Thank you!

The GLFB aims to improve lives by helping individuals overcome many of the problems associated with sight loss.

Koch/ LME Football Tournament in aid of GLFB

Koch / LME – International Charity Football Cup

On Sunday 30 October 2016, the GLFB’s corporate sponsor Koch Metals Commodities, welcomed players from South America and European countries to the 11th annual London Metal Exchange (LME) charity football tournament.

This year’s tournament was won by the UK team – lifting the trophy for the first time, to raucous celebration by spectators.

The event was also notable for another milestone – a goal scored by GLFB trustee and Koch Metals president Frans Pettinga, who came off the bench to score his debut goal after 11 years of trying!

The post-match player awards were presented by former England and Chelsea captain Paul Elliott.

Football tournament 2016 in aid of GLFB

Football tournament 2016 in aid of GLFB

This splendid tournament has raised almost £140,000 for the charity with another £15,000 expected from Sunday’s game!

The GLFB wishes to thank our sponsors Koch Industries, St. John Ambulance, volunteers & staff. We would also like to thank staff of the Royal Household for permission to use the grounds and facilities at Perks Field, Kensington Palace.

HRH The Countess of Wessex hosts event in aid of the GLFB

As Royal Patron of the GLFB since 2003, The Countess of Wessex is passionate about supporting initiatives and groups that seek to improve the lives of people who have a visual impairment.

HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO

GLFB’s Royal Patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO

From creating awareness about the charity’s grassroots work to officially opening GLFB’s new Geranium Shop on Kensington High Street, The Countess plays an important role in raising vital funds in support of the charity.

Upcoming initiatives include a lunch at her official residence to mark the charity’s 95th year of working with and on behalf of people with sight loss.


Geranium Day 2016 – help change lives!

The Greater London Fund for the Blind’s Geranium Day flag campaign is taking place on Friday 22nd April. It is a wonderful opportunity to make an impact.

Geranium Day

GLFB volunteer collectors

Our volunteer collectors will be in stations and towns around Greater London with collection buckets and tins awaiting your spare change. It’s a great way to show your support whilst you’re on the move!

And if you would like to find out more about the charity’s work in your local community, our volunteer collectors will be glad to share their knowledge of our services and how your donation could help make a life-changing difference.

If you prefer to make a donation later, please click here.

Your support on Geranium Day 2016 will help us make a huge difference to people with sight loss in Greater London in the coming weeks and months.

Hope to see you there! And thank you! 

Special book offer – Sir John Mills’ photographic autography


Celebrating the lives of Sir John and Lady Mary Mills

Celebrating the Lives of Sir John and Lady Mary Mills

The Greater London Fund for the Blind is pleased to offer our late Vice President Sir John Mills’ photographic autobiography, Still Memories, signed by his daughters Juliet and Hayley for a donation of £30 (plus £6.95 postage and packaging).

This beautiful book reflects on the lives of Sir John and Lady Mary in his films and their private life through the most fantastic photographs – a real trip down memory lane, not just of their lives but the best of British cinema.

The book is a limited edition reprint and would make an ideal gift to a special friend or relative. Hayley and Juliet will personalise (wording to your request) and sign each copy.

The profits after print costs will be donated in full to the Greater London Fund For the Blind.

If you would like to purchase a copy, please email John Casson at, or alternatively, please call his  PA Alice on 07718 425 742.

This is a unique opportunity to own a beautiful book reflecting on the life of Sir John and the British film industry. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity in aid of the charity.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Charity Reception at Buckingham Palace

Her Majesty The Queen recently hosted a Reception at Buckingham Palace in honour of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the work they do to support a wide range of charities.  The Duke of York was also there to lend his support.

375 guests attended the event from 110 charitable organisations including the Greater London For the Blind’s Chief Executive, Cass Edwards, as a guest of our Royal Patron The Countess of Wessex.

Also present was our Senior Vice President, Sir Donald Gosling (standing in blue next to Esther Rantzen)  who was presented to Her Majesty along with many celebrity guests including Little Britain’s Matt Lucas, Sheridan Smith, Tony Hadley, and representatives from a diverse number of charitable organisations.

Buckingham Palace reception in honour of the Countess of Wessex's charitable work.

Buckingham Palace reception in honour of The Countess of Wessex’s charitable work.

Special Event to honour Sir John Mills

Commemorating the lives of the legendary Oscar winning actor Sir John Mills & actress and writer Lady Mary Mills

April 2015 will mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of one of Britain’s most treasured actors.

Sir John Mills starred in almost 120 films during his impressive career, including Ice Cold in Alice, Hobson’s Choice, Dunkirk, Colditz, Gandhi and Ryan’s Daughter for which he won an Oscar for best supporting actor.

His wife Lady Mary Mills who he was married and devoted to for 64 years was also a famed English actress and writer. She died just a few months after her husband.

To celebrate their lives, family and friends including daughters Juliet and Hayley are organising a special black tie dinner on 23rd April 2015 at Cliveden House Hotel in Berkshire.

Tickets for this exclusive evening are being offered to supporters of the Greater London Fund for the Blind, and Cliveden House, prior to going on general sale.

The event includes a champagne reception with canapés and a four course dinner prepared by Cliveden’s renowned Michelin Star chef, André Garrett.

Sir Michael Parkinson will be present to compere the evening, together with many of Sir John & Lady Mary’s celebrity friends at what promises to be a star studded event, so book now to avoid disappointment!

Opening of Sir Jon Mills House

Official opening of Sir John Mills House. Hayley Mills, The Countess of Wessex and Lord Attenborough

All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Greater London Fund for the Blind due to this charity’s long association with Sir John who became its first Vice President, and in whose name our London office was renamed by HRH The Countess of Wessex.

Tickets are available with a donation of £225 per head by contacting Alice Edmonds, at . In addition, if required, she will be able to arrange accommodation at a very special rate. Please call 07718 425 742 for further details.

** UPDATE** : Wednesday 22 April – Tickets for the event are no longer available.


R E (Cass) Edwards
Chief Executive, Greater London Fund for the Blind



Sir John Mills

Sir John Mills cutting cake at 90th anniversary celebration

Please donate to the GLFB this Christmas

For many children, Christmas is a time of pure joy and delight – it is the most magical time of the year.

Donate to the GLFB for Christmas 2014

Please donate and help make Christmas special for children with sight loss

Christmas can also be a stark reminder of how profoundly different life is for children with sight loss.

However, whilst we cannot give the most wonderful gift of sight, we can help to give blind children  the best possible start in life by providing funding for specialist education, support and care from nursery right through to college and beyond.

Sighted children learn by watching others; children with a vision impairment often need to be specifically taught skills and concepts they would not otherwise pick up.

That is why the GLFB is funding a range of tailored services including special, tactile nursery classes full of fun and creative activities to help children learn how to coordinate their muscles and movements.

Image just for a moment what it means for a blind child to be able to, for the first time, move with confidence and without the risk of injury to hang baubles on the Christmas tree. Or be able to join in during playtime with sighted children because they have learnt how to coordinate their movements. For a child with sight loss it is not just their first baby steps – it’s much bigger than that. It is the first steps to a brighter, more inclusive and hopeful future.

Special nursery classes funded by the GLFB – and made possible through your donations – could make all the difference to children like Timmy and Seema.

Seema was born blind and at the age of nine was still using her fingers to eat her meals as she did not have the hand movements and overall coordination needed to use a knife and fork.

The impact on her confidence was heart-breaking – Seema would only ever ask for sandwiches for fear of embarrassing herself during family meal times.

Now, after several months of attending one of our funded learning centres, Seema not only uses a knife and fork she’s also able to fully enjoy family meals. Apparently her face when she goes home from the centre is a picture of pride in her achievement and she is even trying new things as her confidence grows.

There is so much we can do – with your support – to help blind children get the most out of their young lives.

Please help us make Christmas special for more young people like Seema by donating today.

Will you help change a young life with a Christmas gift today?

  • £25 would pay for five individual toolkits to help children learn about spatial awareness and how to find their way around
  • £21 would pay for special nursery classes full of tactile, fun and creative activities to help children learn how to coordinate their muscles and movements to do things
  • £90 would cover the cost of a one to one support session to help a baby learn to play.

However much you choose to donate, your gift will lift the spirits of visually impaired young people like Seema, who will no longer have to miss out on playing with other children.

Christmas party

A GLFB Christmas to remember

By changing a child’s life now, you’ll open up their world so they can look forward to a better, brighter and more inclusive future.

Click here to make a special Christmas donation to the GLFB. (You will be redirected to the the justgiving donation page for the GLFB.)

If you prefer to donate over the phone please call our fundraising and supporter care team on 020 7620 2066.

Thank you on behalf of all the young people whose lives you will help change forever.