It seems hard to believe, but 2019 is finally here! We hope you all had a great Christmas and that the new year will be a good one for you. If you have lots of events planned for 2019 – maybe mundane things like eye appointments, or pleasurable things like trips away – don’t forget to pick up a large print diary or calendar to keep track of them. We still have a few in stock, so pop in to the centre and treat yourself.
We know Christmas is still a month away, but we wanted to let you know our Christmas hours in good time!
Our Low Vision Centre in Albion Street, Cheltenham will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and re-open on Wednesday 2nd January 2019 at 9am.
Moreton-in-Marsh – Last outreach of the year is Monday 17 December. Re-starts Monday 7th January 2019.
Cirencester – Last outreach of the year is Tuesday 18th December. Re-starts Tuesday 8th January 2019.
Gloucester – Last outreach of the year is Wednesday 19th December. Re-starts Wednesday 9th January 2019.
Stroud – Last outreach of the year is Thursday 20th December. Re-starts Thursday 10th January 2019.
So if you’re thinking of popping in to buy some Christmas cards or purchase a gift such as a Talking watch, make sure you don’t leave it too late!
It was a pleasure to meet students Harvey Edwards and Rob Caesar this week, when they called into our centre to present us with a cheque for over £900! Cheltenham College has been fundraising for Insight over the past year and raised this fantastic amount through events such as a summer barbeque. We were delighted to show Harvey and Rob around our Low Vision Centre and tell them a little bit about some of the equipment that is available for blind and sight impaired people. Hopefully they will be able to spread the word about the work we do here and encourage other people to consider Insight, if they are thinking of donating to a charity.
The money we receive from fundraising, or personal donations, enables us to provide support to people with sight loss throughout the county, as we reveive no Government funding. So thank you very much Cheltenham College, from all of us at Insight!!
Our next information day will be held at Moreton Area Centre, The High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, on Monday 10th September. We will be there between 10am-3pm and will be joined by a host of other exhibitors who will be bringing items such as electronic magnifiers, CCTVs, easy to use radios and assistive software. The exhibitors who are attending are Dolphin, Enhanced Vision, BWBF, OrCam, Sight and Sound and Humanware. Our sight loss advisors will also be on hand to chat to you about any concerns you may have, with regard to your sight loss. This is the last exhibition we will be holding this year, so it’s an ideal opportunity to find out what assistance may be out there, if you have a sight impairment.
It’s only two weeks to go until our Cheltenham Information Day!
This is being held in the Holy Apostles Church Hall, London Road, Cheltenham, GL52 6HW, which is a great venue as there is parking on site. We will be there between 10am and 3pm and there will be plenty of equipment on display, for you to look at and and try out. Our exhibitors will be: Enhanced Vision, Dolphin, Sight and Sound, Orcam, Vision Aid, Humanware, BWBF, Optelec and PVS.
You can also chat to one of Insight’s Sight Loss Advisors about any concerns you may have, with regard to your sight. They can provide you with information on eye conditions, benefits and clubs/groups for people with sight loss. Tea and coffee with be available and as this is our 160th year as a charity, we will also be bringing along a large cake!! We feel that 160 years is quite an achievement and as we can’t afford a huge celebration, cake seems to be the best option!
We look forward to seeing you on the 21st August, but please contact us on 01242 221170, if you need any further information.
The wonderful Powell family, who hosted a garden party fundraiser for us last year, were kind enough to do it again for us, a few weeks ago. They were blessed with warm, sunny weather on the day and everyone who attended had a fantastic time. They raised the staggering amount of £743.06, which was even more than last year. We can only imagine the hard work that went into making so many cakes and entertaining so many people, but we certainly appreciate the effort. Thank you so much!
If you would like to organise a fundraising event to help Insight continue their work in supporting blind and sight impaired people, please get in touch with us on 01242 221170 so we can help to promote it for you.
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.
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!
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 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