WHITE WATER RAFT IN BALA & RAISE FUNDS FOR VISION SUPPORT
If you do not fancy the heights of skydiving why not support the University of Chester students fundraising project and join our teams of white water rafters on 22nd September?? Companies are grouping together teams of 4-7 people for our sponsored white water raft day in Bala North Wales. All company Teams will be promoted on our website, Facebook page and newsletters to help with gaining sponsorship. For more information contact Jane Arends at Head Office on 01244 381515.
Meet Our Skydivers A Tandem Skydive in aid of Vision Support is the ultimate thrill. The aircraft will “run in” over the airfield at around 10,000’ when the door will open. You will move to the door securely attached to your highly qualified Instructor and jump into the air! After freefalling to 5,000’ your Instructor will open the parachute and you can help him (if you wish) steer the parachute down to a gentle landing on the “dropzone”
Meet Vision Support Charity Skydivers
My name is Liahll Bruce, I work for Barclays in Llandudno and Colwyn Bay as a mortgage advisor and live in Rhyl. I wanted to raise funds for a local charity and decided to pick one that meant a lot to me, worked in my area and one that I could see would have a massive impact on the people it helped; so I came to Vision support. I ran the Virgin London Marathon 2011 and raised £1500 for you which went towards the new centre in Chester. I decided to do the skydive as I've got a massive fear of heights and recall having vertigo on the side of a small mountain when I was about 14 so who knows what I'll be like jumping out the side of a plane at 10,000ft. I am keen to help the communities that I work and live in, vision is something so simple that we all take for granted and given the thought of losing it I couldn't imagine being without it. At Barclays they have invested a lot of time and money in helping support these causes with doubling and monies raised to the value of £750. Please support a great cause by visiting my justgiving page at justgiving.com/liahll-bruce0 or text XSMN 93 to 70070 using Vodafone's new text service.
My name is Hasmukh Dave. I work for Vision Support as a Rehabilitation Officer in Conwy County. I have been thinking about raising fund for a local charity and giving something back to community. I decided to raise fund for Vision Support as it is a local charity which provides support to people with visual impairment in Conwy and other parts of North Wales. As an employee of Vision Support for nearly 5 years and working directly with people with visual impairment, I have seen changes Vision Support services make on individuals lives.
Over the past few years, I have supported family members and friends who have participated in different activities to raise fund for different causes. This year I decided to move one step forward and raise fund for Vision Support by doing tandem skydive. I decided to do tandem skydive as I am not very keen on heights and jumping off the plane from 10000 feet is going to be the scariest thing of my life.
My name is Abhijeet Sharma, I am studying hospitality management at Llandrillo college and lives in Llandudno. I always intend to do some charity work or help our local community, so I decided to raise funds to help Vision Support which has helped many people in my area and I could see would have a good impact on the people it helped. Vision is something so important in our life so I couldn’t imagine living without it which makes me to help them so I decided to do the skydive as I have got a massive fear of heights so who knows what I will be like jumping out form the plane at 10,000 ft.
Following redundancy in December 2011 Michelle Hardwick came to Vision Support looking for volunteering opportunities to gain experience in the teaching world. Michelle is now a Vision Support Volunteer who assists with Vision Support IT lessons at Head Office on a Monday whilst studying for her PTLLS course with an aim to become an adult trainer. To find out more about the wide range of volunteering work experience opportunities at Vision Support contact Liz Withington on 01270 873691
VISION SUPPORT VICE PRESIDENTS THE RT REVD DR PETER FORSTER BISHOP OF CHESTER
Vision Support Vice President The Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster Bishop of Chester chats to Cheshire’s Regional Manager Audrey Duncan and Jane Arends about his role within the charity and personally relating to eye conditions after his recent eye surgery. Bishop Peter says ‘I am delighted to be associated with Vision Support as a Vice-President, and look forward to supporting its vital work in any way that I can.’
THE VERY REVD PROFESSOR GORDON McPHATE DEAN OF CHESTER
Vision Support Regional Manager for Cheshire Audrey Duncan and Jane Arends wish Vision Support’s Vice President The Very Revd Professor Gordon McPhate Dean of Chester a Happy New Year and talk about what is in store for the charity in 2012. Audrey and Jane visited The Deanery in Abbey Square to update The Dean with developments regarding The New Vision Support Centre in Chester City Centre which will hopefully be open later this year. The Dean will be joining Vision Support on Vision Support’s Eye Health Awareness Day on Friday 15th June at 11am outside Chester Town Hall. Above Jane Arends and The Dean of Chester at The Deanery.
RECOMMEND A RESTAURANT Statistics show that MILLIONS POUNDS a year nationally is NOT SPENT by people living with sight loss due to lack of confidence in shopping, dining out and vacations. We ask our service users to share their experiences and recommend venues. The restaurant recommended by our service users this time was The Boathouse, Parkgate!! To find out what our Tuesday Club had to say about The Boathouse look on our Recommend a Restaurant page on our website
Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the Chester Waitrose Community Matters nomination forms in December! We were one of three nominated charities this January!! Local shoppers were given the opportunity to vote for us to receive a percentage of the £500 they donate to local charities every month. Thank you Waitrose!!
CHESTER MP STEPHEN MOSLEY VISITS VISION SUPPORT HEAD OFFICE
Stephen Mosley Visits Vision Support Head Office to find out more about the work the charity does. Stephen is very keen to support the charity and help raise awareness in the prevention of eye health issues.
OFFA’S DYKE SPONSORED WALK
Dave Thomas from St Asaph and two friends are taking on the challenge of walking Offa's Dyke Path in April, a National Trail which is 177 miles long. They are doing the walk to raise money for Vision Support’s Family Service. The reason he chose Vision Support is because his daughter has received support from our organisation and he would like to help others. Offa's Dyke is a great frontier earthwork built by Offa, King of Mercia from 757 to 796 A.D. It gives its name to a long distance footpath, one of Britain's National Trails, which runs from Sedbury, near Chepstow, to Prestatyn through the varied and little-frequented landscapes of the Welsh Marches. The walk should take them 10 days and are hoping to gain sponsors on their way. If you would like to sponsor Dave and his friends contact go to http://www.justgiving.com/David-Thomas13 or contact Jane Arends on 01244 381515
HASMUKH DAVE VISION SUPPORT REHABILITATION OFFICER SKYDIVES FOR THE CHARITY
I am raising fund for Vision Support. It is a local charity which provides support to people with visual impairment in Conwy and other parts of North Wales. As an employee of Vision Support for nearly 5 years and working directly with people with visual impairment, I have seen changes Vision Support services make on individuals lives. Over the past few years, I have supported family members and friends who have participated in different activities to raise fund for different causes. This year I decided to move one step forward and participate in tandem skydive to raise fund for Vision Support. I will do tandem skydive on 11th August 2012. Please dig deep and donate here. http://www.justgiving.com/Hasmukh-Dave
VISION SUPPORT RECEIVE THE STAR STANDARD AWARD The STAR Standard is an externally assessed quality standard that has been developed with two main purposes in mind: 1)To demonstrate the quality of systems and services of voluntary, community and faith organizations 2) To identify the gaps and areas for development to improve delivery and funding opportunities. We are extremely proud to have been awarded The Star Standard and by achieving it we have demonstrated the commitment (to an external body) of the staff and volunteers that work in Halton!!
UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER STUDENTS STEP INTO THE MARKETING WORLD WITH JANE ARENDS AT VISION SUPPORT
Jane Arends will be holding a two day workshop with students from the University of Chester studying Marketing, Media and Events Management to give them a taste of the difficulties faced when promoting a charity. The eight students will be challenged to compile and promote a fundraising event and investigate alternative methods of marketing reaching people who are blind and partially sighted in addition to general marketing mediums. Jane said “It will be a pleasure to work with the students and challenge them with barriers we face in promoting the charity to people with and without sight. It will definitely be a huge learning curve for them and very interesting to me to learn about their views on reaching the younger generation” Kelly Ryder, Employability Enhancement Assistant at the University of Chester, said: "It's fantastic that our students have a chance to link in with a local charity in this way. Not only does it raise awareness of such a worthwhile cause, but in just one or two days, they get a real, confidence boosting experience, that highlights the tasks and challenges they might experience later in their own careers.”
A SPECIAL THANKS
To the brave ladies from Conwy Care & Repair. Eirien James, Amanda Dickinson and Katie Rumbles who did themselves proud by braving the heights of Devils Gorge last year for our sponsored abseil and raised over £700!!! Thank you to everyone who sponsored them!! Every penny raised for Vision Support is gratefully received and goes towards funding our vital services to people in and around Cheshire and North Wales. It helps fund our Home Visitors, IT and Braille lessons, our Mobile Information Units and our Resource Centres. Thank you so much for your continuous support.
Vision Support Head Office Units 1 & 2 The Ropeworks Whipcord Lane Chester CH1 4DZ 01244 381515 07595 412 172 www.visionsupport.org.uk