Thank you! for donating over £13,000 on Geranium Day

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to our annual Geranium for the Blind public collection.

A fantastic £13,106.78 was dropped into our volunteers’ buckets and collections tins across towns and stations in London.

Geranium Day 2016 volunteer collectors in and around greater London, helping raise vital funds for local services.

Geranium Day 2016 volunteer collectors in and around greater London, helping raise vital funds for local services.

Thanks to your generosity we will be able to reach a greater number of people in need of specialist care and assistance.

For example, your donations could help cover the cost of mobility training for 262 people with severe sight loss. That’s 262 people’s lives you will have helped changed for the better.

Mobility training plays a crucial part in reducing isolation and helping ensure blind people, like Chris, are not cut off from daily life.

Helping change lives – Chris’ story

Chris (not his real name) is one of the people whose life was transformed through mobility classes provided by a GLFB-funded member charity.

Chris said: “When I lost my sight five years ago, I was devastated. I felt that everything I knew, everything I had learnt, was about to be taken from me. I soon learnt that losing my sight also meant losing my independence – my ability to go about daily life unaided.  

Thanks to the help I received from my local blind welfare charity I have learnt to navigate my way around through regular mobility training classes. But it is more than just being able to go outside or walk from my bedroom to the kitchen.

It means the world to me to know that every time I get out of bed or step outside my front door that I am not at risk of injury and that I am able to go about daily life without the constant fear and worry I used to experience when I first lost my sight. I want to thank you for supporting the GLFB, it means a lot to sight impaired people like me.”