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
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.
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
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.
Thank you once again to everyone involved.
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:
- Sight loss is still happening to people at different stages of their lives and its impact is life changing.
- Insight remains a source of support, advice and information for people in Gloucestershire.
- 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.
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.
Issue 16 is now available. In this issue we showcase some new products that are available in the Low Vision Centre, we are pleased to say that we have been able to expand our Outreach service and we have made our Low Vision Service (magnifiers) more flexible to better meet the needs of our clients.
Happy reading and if there is anything that you would like to have included or be added to our mailing list to receive your own copy, just let Monica know by dropping her an email email@example.com or give her a ring on 01242 22 11 70.