TESCO blue token scheme gives us a fantastic £2,000
The T. S. Shipman Trust has kindly offered a donation of £750 towards Vista’s Bursary Scheme, which enables people with sight loss living in low-income households to access specialist equipment or pursue new opportunities. Thank you to the Trust for their support.
Thank you to The P & C Hickinbotham Charitable Trust for their generous donation of £1,000 towards our Bursary Scheme. Their donation will help people with sight loss living in low-income households to access specialist equipment or pursue new opportunities that will help to make daily life easier.
Thank you to The Helen Jean Cope Charity, who has kindly donated £2,000 towards the refurbishment of our sensory room at Simmins Crescent Residential Home. We are refurbishing the sensory room at the home so that it can be used for our Music Therapy and ‘Stay and Play’ classes, for children with sight loss and multiple complex needs, as well as by the home’s residents. The sensory room will provide a therapeutic space where they can have fun and interact with their environment.
Thank you to The Cotton Trust
for awarding Vista a donation of £1,000 towards new equipment for our sensory room refurbishment at
Simmins Crescent Residential Home. New equipment will enable us to provide more Music Therapy and ‘Stay and Play’ classes for children with sight loss and
multiple complex needs, helping them to break down their barriers to experiencing the world around them.
Thank you to the Santander Foundation, who have awarded
Vista a Discovery Grant of £4,950 for Music Therapy sessions.
The grant will pay for 66 sessions for children and young people with sight loss and multiple complex needs, where they are encouraged to express themselves, interact with their environment and have fun with others through music and play.
Earlier this summer, Vista was nominated for the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Community Awards, and it was up to public votes to determine how much we would receive.
We are pleased to announce that we will be receiving £6,000, which will help people with sight loss to access digital technology so that they can use it to help with everyday tasks.
Thank you to everyone who voted for us!
James Jarvis, Correspondence Representative at Experian, said "I heard about Vista's great work from a colleague, and so I decided that the money raised would be donated to the charity.
This was the second quiz night I have hosted, and it received some amazing feedback from the people who attended. We are also blown away by the generosity from the companies wishing to donate prizes, who heard about Vista's amazing work being such a worthy cause."
Thank you to the Florence Turner Trust for once again donating £2,000 to Vista. We are extremely grateful for their recognition of the importance of our services for local people with sight loss, and their ongoing support is very much appreciated.
They said "We are a group of friends who meet once a month to knit 'n' natter, and we raise funds for a charity each year.
Monica Jones was part of our group, a lovely lady who sadly passed away last year. We are donating this money in memory of our dear friend Monica, as her brother is partially sighted."
During 2016, the Ibstock Co-op Ladies Group has raised over £1000 for charity, the bulk of it being raised at their market stall held at The Palace in Ibstock.
On Wednesday 10 May, they presented £400 to Vista for the purchase of a new recording machine, to be used in Ibstock and surrounding areas, for our Talking Newspapers service.
Each week, items from the Coalville Times are recorded and then audio copies are sent to local people. If anyone you know would like to receive this service, they should contact our helpline on 0116 249 8839.
If you want to be inspired by community fundraising ideas, visit our do your own fundraising page.
Design Studio Architects have kindly donated £550 to Vista, which was generated as a percentage from all of their domestic project packages throughout 2016. The architect firm chose Vista as its Charity of the Year in November 2015, and as well as taking part in fundraising activities, they have also donated their time and expertise across a range of projects in our residential homes. Most recently, they designed the newly opened Cyber Café at New Wycliffe Home.
Paul Bott, Vista's Chief Executive, said “Design Studio Architects are a very friendly and innovative company, who are always open to new ways of working with us. We are delighted that they will be continuing to support us.”
Thank you Design Studio Architects for your donation, and all of your ongoing support.
Melton Mowbray Building Society Charitable Foundation has kindly offered a donation of £250 towards Vista’s social activities programme in Melton Mowbray, for older people with sight loss. The grant will help us to organise more fun activity days and outings for the group, so that its members can continue to meet on a regular basis and enjoy the company of friends.On behalf of all of us at Vista, thank you for your continuing support.
Thank you to RAL Display for donating a pop-up banner stand, which showcases who we are and what we do. This will be used at events in the local community to help increase our profile.
The offer is available to all UK based charities – for more information and to apply, visit RAL Displays homepage.
Following a £500 donation from Mr Lakhansibhai Nagabhai Modhwadia on behalf of the Shree Maher Samaj, she is now over half way towards her fundraising target. To show your support, please visit Indira's JustGiving page.
They received framed certificates, a bottle of champagne, scented candles, and £250 to go towards supporting the residents at New Wycliffe. Congratulations Susan!
Congratulations to Wayne Bird who completed the Grand Pier Weston-Super-Mare Half Marathon on Sunday 6 November to raise vital funds.
Wayne’s grandmother is a resident in our New Wycliffe Home, and the excellent care she receives inspired him to get his running shoes on. He achieved a fantastic time of 1 hour 50 minutes and has so far raised £400.
Kate Naish, Director of Income Generation, said “We’re so pleased that Wayne ran the Grand Pier Half Marathon on behalf of our charity, we are very grateful for his support.”
On Saturday 5 November we held a Supporter’s Lunch for local people and Vista fundraisers. Some of those who attended are already raising funds for us, and others came along to be inspired.
We heard from our Director of Income Generation, Kate Naish, about how crucial community fundraising is and the increased need for funds to continue Vista’s services. Claire Glenn spoke about how Vista’s support has made a big difference in the lives of her children Florence, who’s visually impaired, and Barnby, her brother.
We had some great discussions, sharing contacts, ideas and top tips. If you are interested in fundraising for us, please visit our fundraising page.
A team of employees from Tarmac, a building materials company,
volunteered to help out at our Loughborough shop by sorting out stock and
taking part in a street bucket collection.
Ignacio Escobar, National Engineering Manager at Tarmac, said “During the street collection, we had so much positive feedback from locals who were aware of Vista and their lifechanging work. We’re delighted by the public’s warm and generous response, raising £94.53 for the charity.”
Louise Hall, Community and Corporate Fundraiser, said “We’re really grateful for Tarmac’s support – the staff seemed to enjoy themselves in doing something different, and their help with stock means we can raise even more vital funds.”
Local quiz compiler Richard Angrave held a quiz night in aid of Vista, raising over £450. Quizzes have been part of Richard’s fundraising efforts in memory of his father, Bill. He has now raised over £985 in total.
Richard said “Vista provided support for my father who was registered blind for the last two years of his life. The charity helped him to maintain his independence.”
“The quiz night went really well – it was incredibly close with four teams separated by just one point in the final round! The winners were presented with a trophy by my daughter Emily.”
This grant will give residents a regular opportunity to take part in a wide range of fun and exciting activities, as well as learn new skills and artistic techniques from specialist tutors. On behalf of everyone living and working at the Home, we would like to say thank you for making this possible.
Thank you to everyone at The ACT Foundation for supporting this exciting project.
On behalf of all of us at Vista, we would like to say thank you for your support in helping us to deliver this life-changing opportunity.
We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the Foundation, which has seen them donate a total of £55,000 to Vista over the past six years. This has allowed us to carry out several large-scale capital projects in our residential care homes, including supporting Vista to build a new specialist dementia lounge at New Wycliffe Home in 2014.
Volunteers from Santander have spent two days gathering our iconic Victor the Vista Elephant collection boxes from various locations across the county.
Two teams of ten volunteers navigated their way through Leicestershire streets and villages to help us collect money generously donated by the public, which brought in a total of £3,767.41.
Sonia Norman, who organised the Santander Discovery Day, said: “This is the second year that we have volunteered to do this task with Vista. It’s a really fun experience and we had a tangible result at the end knowing that this money would go towards supporting people with sight loss in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.”
We would also like to say thank you to Pamela Smith, one of volunteer readers, for writing and submitting the application on our behalf, along with Barrie Taylor (another of our volunteer readers), Ruth Preston (Glenfield Co-op Store Manager) and Sarah Barnett for organising and attending the cheque presentation at the store.
Matt Nurse, a father who is supported by Vista, took part in the London Marathon 2016, raising £850 to help support local people with sight loss.
Matt said "The day was unreal, I loved every step of the way. The crowd were amazing, and I also got to see Natalie and my two boys twice, which was a massive boost. I’m so very happy to have helped raise money for Vista."
Ibrahim Bonsu, local youth leader for Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) Leicester, took on the Mercy for Mankind 10K Charity Challenge in aid of Vista.
He said "The challenge was either by running or walking. I've ran in previous years, but this year decided to walk it with my son. We really enjoyed it (despite the weather!), and I felt proud doing it for my local charity. I take part in this 10K challenge every year - as a Muslim I have a responsibility towards my fellow human beings who are in need."
We'd like to say a big thank you to Ibrahim and his son - to show your support, simply visit his JustGiving page.
The new garden area has been specifically designed to meet the needs of older people with dementia and will include a range of sensory and therapeutic features, such as raised flowerbeds, quiet seating areas, water features, and decorations designed to generate nostalgia (such as a shed and vintage telephone box.)
The garden will also provide residents with a tranquil and relaxing outdoor space where they will be able to spend time in the fresh air with friends and family members, as well as take part in outdoor activities such as potting, pruning, and growing vegetables.
We would like to say thank you to the Leicester Host Lions Club for this very generous donation. Please keep watching our website for the grand opening!
The grant will give our residents the opportunity to take part in a wide range of fun and exciting activities over the next 12 months, including therapeutic gardening activities, music and dance sessions, arts and crafts, technological activities, and genealogy projects, as well as group outings to places of interest in the local community.
On behalf of everyone living in the New Wycliffe Home and all of us at Vista, we would like to say thank you for your support in making this possible.
This includes talking GPS devices, text-to-speech computer software, portable digital magnifiers, and much more - anything that will help to make a big difference to people's lives.
Thank you for your support in making this possible.
We have been awarded £5,000 worth of funding from The Screwfix Foundation, a charity which supports projects to fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and facilities for those in need.
Julie Rudd, Residential Manager at New Wycliffe Home, said "We are very grateful to The Screwfix Foundation - the funding will be put toward the refurbishment of a communal lounge and dining area in our residential home. We’d like to thank everyone who was involved in the fundraising, it’s been a great help to us."
Shane Stevens, Store Manager of the Screwfix store in Leicester, said "We’re really pleased that one of our local charities has been awarded funding by The Screwfix Foundation. Staff from across the business have held a variety of fundraising events, so it’s fantastic to see the money we have raised being invested back into such a worthwhile community project."
Barbara and Monica, who regularly attend the Thurnby Lodge social group, were invited to receive the final cheque of £5,000. Barbara said “Thank you for the generosity and for inviting us to receive this cheque, we feel like special VIPs. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and healthy New Year.”
Ann Henry, who manages the partnership, said “It was very humbling to spend time with Monica and Barbara on the presentation day, who both had a wonderful time. I still can’t believe how much the final cheque was for – I am so thrilled and would love to continue supporting Vista, and encourage other golf clubs to do the same."
Holosophic Society UK hosted a music and dance event, showcasing a variety of North Indian and Western Classical music. The event is part of the Holosophic Society’s initiative to serve local communities.
A group of children and young people who we support also took part, playing a range of instruments and singing as part of the performance. With 300 people in attendance, over £4,000 was raised, which has been shared equally between the Holosophic Society UK and Vista.
Thank you to the children and young people who committed their time to rehearsals and performing on the day. We would also like to thank the Holosophic Society UK for arranging the event, and everyone who came along to enjoy an evening of fantastic, diverse music.
To view photos of the event, please visit our Facebook album.
We received £4,900 from the Santander Foundation to fund the refurbishment of a therapeutic art room at Simmins Crescent. The art room will be refurbished so that it can be easily used by all residents, and provide a place of comfort where they can relax whenever they feel distressed or anxious.
Peter Kazakevics, Home Manager at Simmins Crescent, said “This generous grant from Santander will help us to create an environment where our residents can participate in their favourite artistic activities and benefit from its therapeutic influence."
Baljit Singh, Finance Professional at Santander’s Leicester branch, said “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Vista, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”
Brian Negus has been named Skills TalkTalk Digital Hero, securing £5,000 for our equipment bursary scheme. He attended the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards at the House of Lords, where he received his prize.
Brian, who is a registered blind photographer, is passionate about helping others with sight loss change their lives using smartphones, tablets and digital cameras. As a Vista Ambassador, he volunteers his knowledge and expertise to local people, helping them get the right equipment and training them on how best to use it.
Brian said “Through Vista’s bursary scheme, we meet people from all walks of life looking for assistive technology to improve their lives. As a visually impaired person, I understand how important it is to have the skills and confidence to use the equipment properly."
“When people lose their sight, they can often feel isolated and cut off from the world. The money is going to be used to help as many people as possible through Vista, to feel digitally included, across Leicestershire and Rutland.”
This video, commissioned by TalkTalk, gives an insight into Brian's work with Vista: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C61kkKSJsk
Simon and Jane Cragg, from Melton Mowbray, kindly donated their winnings from a wedding sweepstake, after asking the guests at their wedding to guess how long the speeches would take.
The winner gave the £128 prize back to the happy couple who decided to donate the money to Vista, due to the support we provide for their neice, Leigh Pick.
Leigh said “I have been involved with Vista for several years now, both with receiving support and also volunteering and fundraising for the charity. My aunty and uncle got married a few weeks ago, which was a beautiful day, and it was such a lovely gesture for them to donate this.”
A group of volunteers took on the challenge of trekking through Yorkshire's three highest peaks, raising over £1,500 for Vista. With tough ascents and descents, the challenge was a great way to push themselves, all whilst raising money to help improve the lives of people with sight loss.
Ben Dickson, who has been supported by Vista for a number of years, said “It was really hard work, but thoroughly enjoyable. At one point I got cramp in my legs, which wasn’t pleasant, but the spectacular views made it more than worthwhile.”
Caroline Scaife-Rana, Manager of Simmins Crescent, said “The challenge was both mentally and physically exhausting. However, the sense of achievement though was enormous - from completing a personal goal, experiencing an adventure like no other, and developing our friendships away from the work environment. I would strongly encourage others to try it."
We have been chosen as Charity of the Year by the Sainsbury’s store on London Road in Leicester. To mark the start of a year of fundraising, staff at the supermarket presented a £200 cheque.
Oliver Barnes, store manager of the London Road Sainsbury’s, said “We’re really pleased to be supporting Vista. Over the next year we plan to hold a number of fundraising events to raise money for the charity, and will be providing support to the Vista team wherever possible.”
We have been awarded £5,000 from the Morrisons Foundation to go towards a sensory garden at New Wycliffe Home. Offering a place of tranquility, residents will be able to spend time with their friends and family in a safe, relaxing environment.
The garden will include water features, raised flower beds and comfortable seating areas, creating a soothing and healing environment which is designed to meet the resident’s specific needs.
Chris Anderson, Trusts and Foundations Officer, said “We’re extremely grateful to the Morrisons Foundation for their contribution towards this project. The new garden will make a real difference to the lives of our residents.”
Volunteers from Santander collected over £5,000, after spending two days gathering the Vista Elephant collection boxes from various locations across the county.
The bank employees, based at the Carlton Park offices in Narborough, navigated their way through Leicestershire streets to collect money generously donated by the public.
Sonia Norman, who organised the Santander community day, said “It was a really fun experience - it made such a difference to be able to get out of the office and help Vista. I have now volunteered to be a volunteer box collector in my local area, and am already searching for new locations for boxes.”
A budding DJ raised £500 after hosting a charity disco. Adam, 15, wanted to put on a fundraising event in order to show his thanks for the help and support over the last ten years.
He said "I took up DJ-ing as a hobby about three years ago, then Vista gave me the opportunity to DJ at their Christmas party last year. This helped me with my skills and gave me the confidence to want to do more. I decided to organise a charity disco to raise funds for Vista, as they have helped me so much and I really wanted to give something back.”
Adam’s mum added “Vista has done a lot for Adam over the years, and it has been invaluable to have a sight loss charity close to home. He has made an amazing £500 for Vista, which we’re so proud of him for.”
The Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service have raised £700, courtesy of the Rudolph Committee’s annual Christmas collection.
Firefighters and volunteers drove around the streets of Leicester in a festive sleigh, with Rudolph the Reindeer leading the way. The Committee spreads the goodwill and cheer every Spring, after selecting charities to share the raised funds.
Hazel Osborne, Secretary at the Rudolph Committee, said “Vista was nominated by a member of staff at the station, after seeing the support provided for his wife. We chose Vista as the donation will make a huge difference to blind and partially sighted people.”
Lauren Williams, a teacher at Marston Vale Middle School, conquered the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 26 April 2015, raising an incredible £1,693.
She said "I spend everyday in my job encouraging children to achieve something they didn't think was possible. I'm inspired by their accomplishments, and so I decided to set myself the mammoth task of running the London Marathon so that I can share my experiences with my pupils."
"My fundraising for Vista is to help children and adults with sight loss who face their own challenges everyday."
Roy Hill, a Vista Trustee, conquered the Loughborough Beacon Rotary 10k Run in celebration of his 70th birthday.
Running alongside a team of family members, he raised over £1200 and was awarded a medal for raising the highest amount of sponsorship for a charity.
Roy said “My sincere thanks for all the support, I have managed to raise well past my original target, which is absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately I pulled a muscle in training, and this started to hurt at around the 7k point. However I kept going and proud to say I finished the run."
“My grandchildren and daughter ran the 3k run, and my son-in-law ran the 10k run, and together they raised a further £100 for Vista.”
A group of 16 and 17 year olds raised over £1400, as part of the National Citizen Service. The programme aims to develop young people by taking them through several phases of personal and team development.
The students took part in a series of fundraising activities, such as a collection and bake sale at Leicester train station, bag packing at a local supermarket, and a sponsored triathlon.
Alistair Geear, one of the NCS team members, said “It’s been extremely challenging, but also an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Some of the team have family members with sight loss, so are already aware the difference Vista can make. This drove us to want to raise more funds and work extra hard.”
The Leicestershire Ladies County Indoor Bowling Association have raised £380, following a fundraising event which involved the ladies dressing up as St Trinian’s characters.
Ingrid, President of the LLCIBA, said “President’s Day is always a fundraising event, and my chosen charity this year was Vista. As well as dressing up, we also had a raffle, which proved to be very popular and helped to raise the majority of our money. We had great fun and it was enormously enjoyed by all."