Thank you to all our fundraisers who have been raising money for Sight Support Derbyshire. Whether it's raised through pushing yourself to the physical limit, or by holding a coffee morning with friends, every penny makes a difference to the lives of local visually impaired and blind adults and children.
Dress Bright for Sight raises £550
A big thank you to everyone who took part in Dress Bright for Sight during National Eye Health Week. Your colourful efforts raised £550 towards our services for blind and visually impaired adults and children.
Click here for the full story, and for our gallery of photographs featuring Oakwood Eyecare, Mark Davis Opticians, Chester Green Chums, Sight Support Derbyshire's Derby youth group, staff at our offices in Derby and learners at the Ryecafe in Derby.
Thanks to David Nieper in Alfreton who gave a generous donation.
Dedicated Followers Of Fashion!
A big thank you to the well-dressed ladies of Ripley and Derby, who raised a total of £557 towards our services for blind and visually impaired people at our October Ladies' Fashion Shows and Clothing Sales at Marehay Miners' Welfare and Sinfin Moor Social Club.
Victory for Team SSD in the Rio Paralympic Challenge
Team SSD get ready for action
A team of nine intrepid fundraisers entered the spirit of the Rio Paralympics in a charity cycling challenge at Derby Arena – and like their Team GB counterparts went for gold!
Five visually impaired and four sighted contestants made up Sight Support Derbyshire’s team for the Rio Paralympic Challenge. The charity provides services to help blind and visually impaired people stay independent.
Known as Team SSD, they took it in turns to ride on the back of a tandem, led by an experienced pilot. Their aim was to cover the equivalent distance of the longest road race of the Rio Paralympics between them, a distance of 120km or 480 laps of the velodrome.
Not only were they the only team to reach the distance, but they also raised over £1,500 for Sight Support Derbyshire.
Two other East Midlands sight loss charities, My Sight Nottinghamshire and Vista, based in Leicestershire, also fielded teams for the three-hour challenge. The event was organised by My Sight Nottinghamshire.
Team SSD was made up of visually impaired members Chris Mullins, Robert Stone, Andy Lewis, Bradley Gauntlett and Abbas Zaib, plus sighted Sight Support Derbyshire staff members Abigail Beaney, Laura Bennett, Carmen Alonso and Alyson Koe.
Fundraising manager Lynda Raven said: “It was a fantastic event and everyone found it an amazing experience. We had people of all levels of ability taking part, from those who hadn’t cycled in years to Bradley, a keen cyclist whose dream is to compete in the 2020 Paralympics.
“A big thank you to My Sight Nottinghamshire for organising the event, and to Derby Arena for hosting it. A special mention must go to the five tandem pilots, who were all volunteers and all kept going for the entire three hours.”
Below: Team SSD member Robert Stone races around the Velodrome track, led by pilot Nick Higgins