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Charity's Children Celebrate A Year Of Fun And Friendship

Published 22 November 2016

Members of a youth group for blind and visually impaired children and young people in Derbyshire have had a special reason to celebrate with Pudsey this year.

 

Throughout 2016 the group has been funded by a £9,752 grant from BBC Children in Need, enabling it to grow and offer a range of exciting activities to help the children reach their potential, and make new friends who understand the daily challenges they face.

 

Members celebrated BBC Children in Need by cooking, and eating, their own lasagne and spotty cakes and biscuits.

 

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Ditching The Drab To Raise Money

Published 16 November 2016

Fundraisers dared to glare for Dress Bright for Sight, held by Sight Support Derbyshire as part of National Eye Health Week.

A toddler group, opticians, students at the Ryecafe and Sight Support Derbyshire’s own staff wore bright colours for a day to raise money towards the charity’s services, which provide practical, emotional and social support to local blind and visually impaired people.

Find out more by clicking here.


Charity Seeks Professional Expertise

Published 16 November 2016

Professionals in Derbyshire are being encouraged to broaden their experience by considering becoming a charity trustee.

Sight Support Derbyshire, which works to improve the quality of life for blind and visually impaired children and adults throughout the county, is seeking new candidates to help ensure that the charity is being run effectively and efficiently.

Click here to find out more.


Victory for Team SSD in Rio Paralympic Challenge

Published 1 November 2016

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. Known as Team SSD, they raised £1,500 for the charity.

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Ditch The Drab and Be Bright For Sight

Published 3 August 2016

Local charity Sight Support Derbyshire is calling on the county to ditch the drab and Dress Bright for Sight to help raise awareness of good eye health.

Businesses, organisations, schools and children’s groups are invited to wear bright colours for a day during National Eye Health Week, from 19 to 25 September.

Click here to read the press release in full.


Colourful Duck Race Raises Thousands For Charity

Published 11 July 2016

Derby’s most colourful race – the Ey Up Mi Duck Race – has raised more than £4,000 for blind and visually impaired adults and children in the county.

The event, which took place on the River Derwent in the city centre on 11th June, is the biggest annual fundraiser for local charity Sight Support Derbyshire, raising the grand total of £4,014 this year. This will be used to provide services offering practical, emotional and social support to local people affected by sight loss. 

To read more, click here.


Charity Hits The Road With Advice And Support

Published 22 June 2016

Derbyshire’s only locally-based sight loss charity is hitting the road with support and advice, thanks to £15,000 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Sight Support Derbyshire has won the funding for its mobile ‘pop-up’ resource service, which will travel to libraries, supermarkets, GP surgeries and other community spaces offering advice on services and specialist equipment to blind and visually impaired people.

To read more, click here.


Central England Co-op Invests in Sight Support

Published 21 June 2016

Sight Support Derbyshire is celebrating after receiving a cheque for £4,500 from Central England Co-operative. 

The funds will be used to upgrade computer equipment, enabling the organisation to work much more efficiently and to use more up-to-date software, such as Zoomtext magnification software for the visually impaired.

For more, click here.


Toyota Support Helps Widen Horizons

Published 9 March 2016

Funding for a Derbyshire sight loss charity will help broaden the horizons of local blind and visually impaired people.

Sight Support Derbyshire has been awarded £1,500 by the Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust, which will be used for outings and day trips for people who are at risk of becoming isolated because of their eye condition.

To read more, click here.


Charity Raffle Proves A Draw

Published 10 February 2016

The offices of Western Power Distribution (WPD) in Derby were the scene of the grand draw for Sight Support Derbyshire’s Winter Raffle.

Tickets are sold to members, families, friends and members of the public every year, and this year’s raffle raised £3,980 towards the charity’s services for local blind and visually impaired people.

To read more, click here.


A Magnificent Man On A Flying Machine

Published 16 November 2015

Adventurous fundraiser Geoff Furness has raised more than £1,500 for a Derbyshire sight loss charity by taking a walk in the sky.

The building manager from Smalley took his charity endeavours to new heights by taking a flight across the North Yorkshire coast strapped to the wing of a bi-plane.

To read more, click here.


 

Bank Staff Get On Their Bikes

Published 16 November 2015

Staff from a Derby bank cycled the distance from the city to Plymouth to raise funds for a local charity supporting blind and visually impaired people – without even leaving the branch!

The Halifax Bank in East Street held the static bike challenge to raise money for Sight Support Derbyshire on Friday 6 November. 

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All Ages Unite To Be Bright For Sight

Published 11 November 2015

Fundraisers of all ages ditched the drab for Sight Support Derbyshire’s first ever Dress Bright For Sight event, held to mark National Eye Health Awareness Week.

A toddler group, care home, opticians and staff from Derbyshire companies wore bright colours for a day to raise money for the charity, whose services provide practical, emotional and social support to local blind and visually impaired people.

Click here to view the full press release


Dress Bright For Sight And Help A Local Charity

Published 9 September 2015

Businesses and organisations are being urged to ditch the drab and Dress Bright For Sight for a day to raise awareness about good eye health and boost funds for the county’s local sight loss charity.

National Eye Health Week runs from 21 to 27 September and staff and volunteers from Sight Support Derbyshire will be out and about raising awareness of the importance of looking after your eyes.

Click here for more information

 


Visually Impaired 'Artists' Remember World War One

Published 6 August 2015

A banner inspired by World War One, created by visually impaired adults and children in Derbyshire, has been unveiled at a celebration event.

Sight Support Derbyshire was awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund for an art and history project to commemorate both the centenary of the First World War and 100 years since the start of the charity.

Read more on our '100 Years And Still Serving' blog

 


 

 

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