Welcome to the spring 2020 edition our Visionaries newsletter. As Covid-19 spreads throughout the country, our everyday lives have changed unimaginably. It is an uncertain time, a worrying time. Unfortunately, for many, it is a lonely time.
I, and the whole Fighting Blindness team, wish you and your loved ones the best of health. Take care of yourself, take care of others. Follow official guidance and encourage others to do so too. Together, we can – and will – defeat coronavirus.
Our team is adapting to the crisis. We are working remotely and, where we can, we are moving our services online. However, there is no denying it – this will be a very difficult period for our charity.
Our Chair, Prof Brendan Buckley, wrote an open letter for this edition of Visionaries outlining the impact on our organisation and how you – if you are in the position to – can help.
We’ve outlined how our Support Services are changing and how we can help you. There’s something to suit everyone – from an online Living with Sight Loss course to a our virtual Connections Coffee Morning.
We have not stopped our vital work and will continue to support people living with sight loss. However, what has stopped is our community fundraising. We rely on the generosity of the public for almost 90% of our income; this crisis will hit us hard.
If you can – please consider making a donation. You can donate from the comfort of your own home through our website using your debit or credit card. Small gifts from many people can make the biggest difference.
It is a difficult time. But, if history has taught us anything, we know that this too will pass. Human spirit will prevail.
Take care. Keep safe. Stay positive.
I’ll be in touch again soon.
Chief Executive Officer