Changes to Boots Corner in Cheltenham

From 28th June 2018, there will be changes to the road system in central Cheltenham. This will have an effect on the spaces available to Blue Badge holders in Pittville Street and the area near Lakeland and Yo! Sushi. Blue Badge spaces will no longer be available opposite Marks and Spencer and drivers will not have access to Pittville Street or the area around W.H. Smith and the Promenade. The only vehicles which will be allowed are buses, taxis and minibuses. This is a trial period of several months, with a review next year. Should you access this area in a car, you may receive a fine of at least £30.  Cheltenham Borough Council says that other Blue Badge spaces have been provided around the town to compensate. Please do not hesitate to feed back to us any concerns you have about this new road system.

 

Cirencester Information Day

Insight’s next Information Day will be on Tuesday 19th June, in the Parish Rooms, Gosditch Street, Cirencester, GL7 2AG. Doors are open between 10am -3pm. Call in to speak to one of our sight loss advisors, or have a look at some of the specialist equipment and technology that is available for people with sight loss. Exhibitors will be: Enhanced Vision, Sight and Sound, OrCam, Optelec and Professional Vision Services (PVS). We are continuing to celebrate our 160th year as a charity, so we will be bringing along a big cake and we really hope you will be able to join us for a slice!

Ultramarathon runner, Christiana, raises funds for Insight!

On the 7th of April, Christiana Pearson took part in an Ultramarathon to raise money for Insight, in memory of her brother Ali. Ali was part of our Outlook group and also a popular member of the infamous Gloucestershire Growlers VI cricket team! The Ultramarathon takes place over 75 km of spectacular, challenging terrain, up in the mountains above the shores of Lake Garda, Italy. Christiana, her brother Luke and her Uncle Ade, were running the whole distance and other members of the family were running 27km of the trail.

We were delighted to hear that Christiana completed the Ultramarathon in just 14 hours U3 minutes – which is an amazing achievement! It’s difficult to comprehend how much effort Christiana and her family must have put into this fundraising effort, but not difficult to imagine how proud Ali would be of them all! If you would still like to donate to Christiana’s fundraising total, please give Insight a call on 01242 221170 and we can arrange this for you.

Pete has run 26.2 miles for Insight!

Pete Lightfoot completed the Brighton marathon on 15th April to raise funds for Insight.  His wife, Ann, is our Chair of Trustees and is registered as severely sight impaired herself.

Pete’s running career only started last year at the age of 65!  He started taking part in Parkruns which are 5k runs held around the country.  From here he went on to take part in both Cheltenham and Bath Half Marathons.  The Brighton marathon was his first attempt at a full marathon. His training went well and he completed the marathon in 4 hours, 37 minutes and 12 seconds!

 

You can still support Pete and donate by clicking here .

 

This photo below features Pete with his medal

 

Wazzock Weekender raised £700.68 for Insight

Thank you to everyone involved in The Wazzock Weekender. Over the course of the weekend, £700.68 was raised. As you can see from the photos the theme was ‘Seaside’ resulting in some creative costumes.

Insight was nominated by Carole Pratt to be the benefiting charity for this year’s event.  The amount raised will help support Insight’s countywide Outreach service for 2 months.

 

Outlook Canoeing

Can you help our Outlook group?

Here at Insight, we have a social group for working-age visually impaired people that meet up once or twice a month. It is known as Outlook Gloucestershire and has around 30 members.

The group are looking for new volunteers to help with everything from reading menus in restaurants, guiding on trips, identifying other members but most importantly driving to venues.
Outlook members have attended a wide variety of activities over the last few years including rock climbing, skiing, acoustic shooting and many more fun-filled activities.

If you or anyone you know are interested in helping out then please call Marc on 01242 221170 or Click here

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Cream Tea was served

On June 11th an Open Garden and Cream Tea was held in aid of Insight Gloucestershire by The Powell Family.

Thank you to all who helped to organise the event, made the delicious cakes and those who came along to enjoy the day.   The final total was £730 which will help fund our Helpline for a week.

Jump for Insight raised over £4,000!

Jump for Insight has now finished, between all 11 Jumpers they raised £4,030!!!   Thank you to everyone that sponsored, supported and took part.

 

After a few postponements due to bad weather everyone was able to jump over the course of 3 sessions.

 

To have a look at some of the photos taken over the 3 days follow the link below.

 

 

http://insight-glos.org.uk/portfolio-item/jump-for-insight/

 

Thank you once again to everyone involved.

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Thank you to our Supporters

It is that time of year when most of us reflect on what has happened over the last year.  But every year some things always remain the same:

  1. Sight loss is still happening to people at different stages of their lives and its impact is life changing.
  2. Insight remains a source of support, advice and information for people in Gloucestershire.
  3. Insight cannot provide the support, advice and information without our Supporters continued donations.

This is a heartfelt thank you, to everyone who has donated to Insight in 2016.

  • To the family members who how have respected the wishes of a loved one and in lieu of flowers have donated to us.
  • To the people who have nominated Insight as a charity to receive the proceeds from their supermarkets green or blue token.
  • To the people who have set up a standing order.
  • To the people who have joined our 200 Club for the first time and a special mention to those of you have gone on to donate your winnings back.
  • To the people that are no longer with us but have left a gift in their will.
  • To the people that have taken the time to write a thank you letter and included a donation.
  • To the people that have kindly given Insight a one-off donation.
  • To the people that have taken on a challenge to raise funds for us.
  • To the members of organisations that have nominated Insight to be beneficiaries of their fundraising efforts.

Thank you for giving Insight the means to carry on providing the vital services that we do.  One day there may be a cure for all forms of sight loss until then we want to make sure that we are still here for people living with sight loss.

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Low Vision Day in Moreton a success

Insight Gloucestershire hosted a low vision drop in day on 31st October 2016 in the Moreton Area Centre.

British Wireless for the Blind, Dolphin Computer Access, Village Agents and Cotswold Listener were all in attendance along with our Sight Loss Advisors. Thank you to those of you that came along. We hope you found it useful.

 

Don’t forget we have a Outreach service  in Moreton every Monday

 

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