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TESCO blue token scheme gives us a fantastic £2,000

May 2018

Thank you to all the customers that voted for Vista's Children’s respite break in the TESCO blue token scheme. We have been awarded a fantastic £2,000!
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T. S. Shipman Trust offers a donation towards Vista's Bursary Scheme

November 2017

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. 

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The P&C Hickinbotham Charitable Trust donates to the Bursary Scheme

November 2017

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.

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The Helen Jean Cope Charity donates £2,000 towards sensory room refurbishment

October 2017

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.

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The Cotton Trust awards £1,000 for new sensory equipment

October 2017

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.

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Santander Foundation awards £4,950 for Music Therapy

September 2017

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.

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Votes for Vista earns £6,000 for Digital Befriending

September 2017

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!

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Quids in for Vista at Experian's Quiz Night

August 2017

Thank you to Experian for hosting a quiz night in aid of Vista. They have also kindly match funded the money raised, meaning a total of £780 will go towards improving the lives of local people with sight loss.

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."

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ASDA's cash boost for Vista

August 2017

A huge thank you to all the staff and shoppers at ASDA Thurmaston who voted for Vista, as part of their Community Life Programme. We have received a cheque of £500 which will go towards improving the lives of local people with sight loss.
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Florence Turner Trust donates a further £2,000 to Vista

July 2017

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.

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Knit 'n' Natter group donate funds to Vista

July 2017

Thank you to the Knit 'n' Natter group from Roots at Thorpe Farm for donating £250 to Vista.

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."

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Cash boost for sound services

May 2017

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.

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Dance school raises money for Vista

March 2017

Thank you to Arabesque Dance School in Syston for organising a community fundraising day on behalf of Vista. All your hard work contributed to a fantastic £376.07. 

If you want to be inspired by community fundraising ideas, visit our do your own fundraising page.

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The Hospital Saturday Fund donates £10,000 for ECLOs

March 2017

Thank you to The Hospital Saturday Fund, who have generously donated £10,000 to Vista.
The money has been donated to support our Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) project, which will aim to create a team of volunteers to support our existing ECLOs as they provide their vital service in hospitals across the local area.
Vista’s ECLOs are a crucial source of information, guidance, advice and emotional support for people who have just been diagnosed with sight loss.
We are extremely grateful to The Hospital Saturday Fund for their support of this project, and for donating the first major grant towards it.

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Design Studio Architects donates £550 to Vista

March 2017

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.

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Maud Elkington Charitable Trust donates £1,000 towards social groups

January 2017

Maud Elkington Charitable Trust has kindly offered Vista a donation of £1,000 towards our social groups. Vista holds a total of 11 social groups across the region each month, which give older people with sight loss the opportunity to spend meaningful, quality time together on a regular basis. Thank you to Maud Elkington Charitable Trust for your continued support.
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The Lynn Foundation donates £500 towards social groups

January 2017

Thank you to The Lynn Foundation, who has kindly offered Vista a donation of £500 towards our social groups for older people with sight loss. Vista holds a total of 11 social groups across the region each month, and donations such as this will help to ensure that we can continue to deliver them on a regular basis.

Holosophic Society UK raises £2,000 for Vista through music and dance event

January 2017

Thank you to the Holosophic Society UK for donating £2,000 to Vista. The money was raised through a specialist music and dance event in December, organised by the Holosophic Society as part of their initiative to serve local communities. It is the third annual event to have been hosted by the society, and we are extremely grateful for all the hard work that went into making it a success. Thank you once again to the Holosophic Society UK for your kind support.
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Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation donates £1,000 towards specialist assistive technology

December 2016

A big thank you to Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation, who have generously offered Vista a donation of £1,000 for our Aids to Daily Living Equipment Bursary Scheme. The scheme provides access to specialist equipment for people with sight loss, helping them to complete their everyday tasks more easily, continue doing things that they love, or pursue new opportunities. Thanks to this kind donation from Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation, we will be able to help more people with sight loss in need of assistive technology to receive the equipment that will really help to improve their overall quality of life.
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Melton Mowbray Building Society Charitable Foundation donates £250 towards local Social Group

December 2016

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.
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RAL Display donates Vista banner

November 2016

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.

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Shree Maher Samaj donates £500 for Indira’s skydive

November 2016

Indira Joshi, Community Support Worker at Vista, is taking part in a skydive in December. She said "Vista is a charity close to my heart. My Mother-in-law was severely sight impaired - as she lost her sight, she was no longer able to see her grandchildren, which was very difficult for us all to witness. However her strength was inspirational and could be seen flowing through our family."

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.

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Susan wins Activities Award and scoops £250 for Vista

November 2016

In September, a group of staff and residents from New Wycliffe Home visited the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London, as Susan Hough won the NAPA (National Activity Providers Assocation) Award for Best Activity Provider. Susan has a natural zest for life which enhances the lives of our residents. 

They received framed certificates, a bottle of champagne, scented candles, and £250 to go towards supporting the residents at New Wycliffe. Congratulations Susan!

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Wayne takes on Grand Pier Half Marathon for Vista

November 2016

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.”

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Vista holds supporter’s lunch for local fundraisers

November 2016

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.

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Tarmac employees collect funds in Loughborough

September 2016

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.”

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Richard hosts Vista quiz in memory of father

September 2016

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.”

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Schuh Trust donates £5,000 towards creation of Cyber Cafe

August 2016

We would like to say a big thank you to The Schuh Trust for their generous donation of £5,000 towards the costs of creating a Cyber Cafe for our residents at the New Wycliffe Home. Once completed, the Cyber Cafe will provide our residents with the opportunity to use digital technology to stay in touch with their friends and family members on a more regular basis and gain access to a whole new world of knowledge and entertainment online. Thank you for your support in making this possible.
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Santander lend a hand in Loughborough

August 2016

    A small team of Santander bank employees, based at the Carlton Park offices in Narborough, visited our charity shop in Loughborough to help out with organising stock. Their enthusiasm and hard work resulted in a successful day, with plenty of stock ready to raise funds on the shop floor.
        Martyn Pearson, who organised the Santander Discovery Day, said “Vista’s support is personal to me, as I have a friend who is visually impaired, and the team agreed that we would be supporting a worthy cause.”
                “On behalf of Santander, we would like to thank Vista for their hospitality. We left a stronger, closer team and felt proud of the contribution we were able to make.”
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                Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust awards £3,120 to Simmins Crescent Home

                July 2016

                The Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust has kindly offered Vista a donation of £3,120 towards the costs of delivery a weekly arts session for residents at the Simmins Crescent Home, one of Vista's specialist not-for-profit residential care homes for adults with sight loss and additional learning disabilities.

                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.

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                Hedley Foundation offers £2,000 towards family respite breaks

                June 2016

                A big thank you to The Hedley Foundation for their kind donation of £2,000 towards the costs of providing a three day respite break for children with sight loss and their families at a specialist outdoor activity centre in Exmoor - we really appreciate your generous support in helping us to deliver this vital project.
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                ACT Foundation pledges £2,000 towards Cyber Cafe

                June 2016

                The ACT Foundation has kindly pledged £2,000 towards the costs of creating a Cyber Cafe at New Wycliffe Home. This new space will allow our residents to get online and use digital technology in order to communicate virtually with their friends and family members across the world, play games, watch videos, or shop online, and help our staff members to engage residents with dementia by viewing videos and photos that they find meaningful and enjoyable.  

                Thank you to everyone at The ACT Foundation for supporting this exciting project.

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                Paphitis Charitable Trust donates £1,000 towards family respite breaks

                May 2016

                The Paphitis Charitable Trust has kindly donated £1,000 towards the costs of providing a three day respite break at a specialist outdoor activity centre for children with sight loss and their families, where they will be able to take part in a range of exciting and physical challenges.

                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.

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                Florence Turner Trust awards Vista £2,000

                May 2016

                We would like to say thank you to the Florence Turner Trust for their recent donation of £2,000 towards Vista's services. Their continued support over the past 17 years, which has seen the Trust donate almost £40,000 to help us deliver our services for people with sight loss, is truly invaluable and very much appreciated by all of us at Vista.
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                Edith Murphy Foundation awards further £2,500 towards sensory garden

                May 2016

                The Edith Murphy Foundation have kindly offered Vista a further £2,500 to help us put the finishing touches in the new sensory garden at the New Wycliffe Home, having already offered £7,500 towards the creation of the garden earlier in the year.

                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.

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                Santander collect almost £4,000 through collection boxes

                May 2016

                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.”

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                £2,000 awarded to upgrade Sound Services equipment

                May 2016

                The Central England Co-operative have kindly awarded Vista a donation of £2,000 towards the upgrade of our Sound Services recording equipment, which will help us to produce thousands of newspapers and magazines in an accessible audio format for people with sight loss across the region. 

                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.

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                Matt conquers the London Marathon

                April 2016

                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."

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                Ibrahim and son raise vital funds

                April 2016

                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.

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                Melton Mowbray cheque presentation

                April 2016

                The Melton Mowbray Round Table have kindly donated £1,500 to Vista, which was raised during their Santa Christmas Sleigh in December. A big thank you to everyone involved.
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                Leicester Host Lions Club awards £3,000 for sensory garden

                April 2016

                Leicester Host Lions Club have recently offered a donation of £3,000 towards the creation of a sensory garden area at the New Wycliffe Home.

                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!

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                Evan Cornish Foundation awards £3,500 towards activities at the New Wycliffe Home

                April 2016

                The Evan Cornish Foundation have kindly offered Vista a donation of £3,500 towards the costs of providing an activities programme for residents at the New Wycliffe Home.

                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.

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                St Anthony of Padua Foundation for the Disabled supports Vista

                April 2016

                The St Anthony of Padua Foundation for the Disabled have offered Vista a donation of £250 towards our ADL Bursary Scheme, which provides access to life-changing technological equipment for people with sight loss across Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.

                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.

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                The Screwfix Foundation awards £5,000 for refurbishment

                February 2016

                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." 

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                Scraptoft Golf Club raises £5,000 for social groups

                December 2015

                Scraptoft Golf Club have raised £5,000 for our social groups. Since being chosen as Charity of the Year, members of the golf club have hosted coffee mornings, raffles, and golf competitions.

                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." 

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                Holosophic Society UK hosts music and dance event

                December 2015

                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.


                Santander Foundation funds therapeutic art room

                December 2015

                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.”

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                Brian Negus crowned Skills TalkTalk Digital Hero

                November 2015

                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:

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                Bride and groom donate wedding sweepstake win

                November 2015

                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.”

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                Three Peaks Challenge

                September 2015

                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."

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                Sainsbury’s names Vista its Charity of the Year

                September 2015

                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.”

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                Morrisons Foundation awards £5,000 for sensory garden

                September 2015

                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.”


                Santander bring Vista’s elephants home

                August 2015

                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.”

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                DJ Adam hosts fundraising charity disco

                May 2015

                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.”

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                Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service raise vital funds

                April 2015

                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.”

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                Miss Williams takes on London Marathon challenge

                April 2015

                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."

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                Roy conquers Beacon Hill 10k run

                April 2015

                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.”


                Leicestershire students fundraise for Vista

                March 2015

                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.”

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                Leicestershire Ladies Bowling Association raise £380

                March 2015

                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."