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Wing Walking Spectacular

Three adventurous people took to the skies and wing walked for Sight Concern Worcestershire on Sunday 18th June.

 They were Mark Abel, sportsman and long-term supporter from Warndon (who’s also flying in memory of his son Sam, who died earlier this year); Jenny Gage, Chief Officer of Sight Concern, also from Warndon; and Shirley Sheridan, volunteer and Sight Concern trustee who lives in Upton-upon-Severn.

Talking about the challenge, Mark Abel explained, “Six years ago I suddenly lost my sight in just three hours and I despaired about my future. But Sight Concern gave me my confidence back by giving me specialist training in how to do so many things, from everyday essentials such as choosing clothes, making a cup of tea, using a mobile phone, getting from A to B and using a computer again. Their specialist software and magnification also enabled me to return back to work with the NHS.

“My sporting capability was totally dented when I lost my sight, but Sight Concern, along with my son Sam, helped me return to sport and try new activities. I now tandem cycle, play golf,  and I’ve even represented the UK swimming at the 2016 Invictus Games and Alpine Ski Racing with the Armed Forces Parasnowsport Team.”

Shirley Sheridan also lost her sight suddenly. “After an experience like that, nothing will frighten me as much again. I’m now getting a reputation for being fearless – I’ve parachuted from 10,000 feet, I’ve abseiled the Abberley Clock Tower (which was a bit tame) and Cripplegate House, and on Sunday I was delighted to brave the elements ducking and diving on a biplane!” She added, “Sight Concern was here for me all the time, so giving something back to the charity is very important to me.”

Jenny Gage, Chief Officer of the charity, said, “I’m always looking for new and challenging adventures, and this is undoubtedly one of them. I’m so proud of Mark and Shirley, and when I heard about their plans to wing walk, I knew I had to join them. June 18th was a very special day for the charity and for us all.”

Back to Mark for the final word: “Wing walking at Chiltern Park Aerodrome was the most terrifying but amazing challenge to date!   It was definitely a day to remember and honour the memory of a dearly missed and loved son, my wee boy Sam”.

 

Jenny and Mark Shirley, Mark and Jenny Shirley taking off Wingwalk Jenny 1

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Sight Concern Firewalk 2016

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Charity Firewalk and spectacular Firework.

Take on the challenge! Raise money for Sight Concern Worcestershire and help support blind and partially sighted people to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

Walk 20ft over burning embers without pain or injury!
There is a £20 booking fee to do the fire walk and a minimum £100 sponsorship. The booking fee includes entry into the Fire walk Spectacular afterwards. Spectators must pay a £5 entrance fee
which includes fireworks.
Park opens 5 pm, bonfire 7p m, fireworks 7.30 pm.
Take on the challenge!
Raise money for Sight Concern Worcestershire and help support blind and partially sighted
people to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

To book your tickets online visit http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Birmingham/Sanders-Park/Sight-Concern-Fire-walk-2016/12815050/

Set up your sponsorship page at: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/fire-walk-2016/334210

Sight Concern Worcestershire – Winners of Volunteer Team of the Year

Sight Concern Team winners of Volunteer Team of the year including Paul Diment who was also awarded Newbie of the Year.

The winners of the Worcestershire Volunteer Awards have been announced at The Hive.

Worcestershire County Council held the prestigious ceremony on June 9 to coincide with National Volunteers’ Week (June 1-12). The special event was to help promote and celebrate the valuable work of volunteers throughout the county.

Volunteers, members of the public, council representatives and local businesses were in attendance to help celebrate the tireless and dedicated work of volunteers in their local communities, and the difference they make to lives in Worcestershire.
http://worcesterobserver.co.uk/news/praise-countys-volunteers/

Coffee Morning with Independent Fundraisers Worcester

 Raising Funds for Sight Concern Worcestershire.

Independent Fundraisers of Worcester are hosting a Coffee Morning and Prize Tombola to raise funds for Sight Concern Worcestershire.

The event will be held inside the Guildhall, Worcester on Saturday 3rd September from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. where the team will be serving a wide range of delicious cakes with Tea or coffee as well as soft drinks if required. Shoppers are invited to come and take a break and enjoy cake in a warm and welcoming atmosphere and maybe have a go on the Prize Tombola where with a winning ticket they can pick any prize.

For more event information please contact Neil & Kath Smith
T. 01905 358400. E. charity.ifw@gmail.com
W. www.ifworcester.co.uk
F. www.facebook.com/independentfundraisers

 

 

Abberley Abseil 29th May

Abberley Abseil — Scaling Heights for Sight!

Take part in our sponsored abseil on Sunday 29th May at Abberley Hall School’s iconic Clock Tower. Built in 1884, it stands 161 feet high and can be seen from 6 counties! Abseiling down it will definitely be something to remember forever – and all for a good cause.

No previous experience is required as our fully trained instructors will take you through everything to keep you safe. Friends and family can come along, enjoy the spectacle, treat themselves to refreshments and spend some quality time in a beautiful part of Worcestershire.

A £20 booking fee is required and we ask Abseilers to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. You will receive a special Certificate and photo of your descent. Anyone raising over £150 will also receive a special event T-shirt. This should be a fabulous day. Please encourage everyone to join in!

To buy tickets for this event please visit our events page: Abberley Abseil — Scaling Heights for Sight tickets from Skiddle.

Ticket sales and event registration: Skiddle Promotion Centre


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Abberley Hall School Clock Tower

Victoria’s Going Bright for Sight

Victoria Merrett, a well-known Optometrist and owner of Actons Opticians in the centre of Worcester, is having her hair dyed to raise money for Sight Concern.

“I’m well-known for changing my hair colour on a regular basis”, says Victoria, “So I thought this time I’d do it for a bit of fun and for a cause close to my heart”.  She added, “I had a look at the samples book of colours with my hairdresser, Jack Hogan from Aphrodite, and I’ve decided to go with purple, orange, pine green and sky blue”.

Anyone wishing to support Victoria simply chooses one of the colours and makes a donation to the charity.  Whichever colour raises the most sponsorship by 18th March “wins” and that’s the colour which will adorn Victoria’s head for another few weeks.  “If nothing else, you won’t be able to miss me”, she added.

You can vote for your chosen colour and make a donation by visiting https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/victoriamerrett1  or by dropping in or posting them to Actons Opticians, 10 Cornmarket, Worcester WRI 2DR.

Thanks to Mike Henley for the photograph.

Victoria's Go Bright for Sight Hair Do

Victoria’s Go Bright for Sight Hair Do

 

 

New Worcester Support Group Opens!

A new weekly support group is open in Worcester for anyone affected by sight loss from Worcester or the surrounding area. The group is based at The Bradbury Centre in Worcester, every Tuesday morning, from 10.00 to 12.30. The cost is £4 per session

There will be a range guest speakers, activities, aids and equipment demos and more.

You will also have the opportunity to meet other people with sight loss and share tips and experiences.

For more information contact Katy Wakefield at The Bradbury Centre 01905 723245

13th Feb Frog Racing Night – Mayoral invite!

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Roger Knight invites you to his main charity fundraising event of the year – Frog Racing at the Guildhall, Worcester on Saturday 13th February 2016, 7.30pm in the grand setting of the Assembly Room

Please be assured that there will be no cruelty to frogs!!! There will be 6 races plus a final, sponsored by a local company. There will be tables/teams of up to 10 guests
Hot food is included and a bar is available. Tickets £20.00 per person. Age 16 years+ Book IN ADVANCE via the Tourist Information Office either by calling into the office at the Guildhall or on 01905 726311 or by email to civicoffice@worcester.gov.uk

All proceeds in aid of the Mayor’s charities – Sight Concern, Acorns Children’s Hospice and Daisychain Benevolent Fund


Join our frog racing night!

Which Way Now – Living with Sight Loss Course – Taking Bookings

Our next ‘Which Way Now – Living with Sight Loss Course’ will be held at the Bradbury Centre in Worcester on the following dates:

Monday 24th August
Monday 7th September
Monday 14th September

All sessions 10am till 12.30pm.

The course is aimed at people who are newly diagnosed, new to the area, or feel that they need to know more about how they can adapt to living with sight loss.

There is a charge of £10 per person; this also covers a guest/carer.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Join us at the Barber Institute for our next free INSIGHT event for blind or partially sighted visitors.

 Insight explores the Barber’s major new exhibition which explores the work of two British artists- painter, Matthew Smith and sculptor, Frank Dobson.

This varied and fascinating exhibition features portraits of many celebrated British cultural figures such as author Roald Dahl and actress Jean Simmons.

This exhibition is the fourth annual collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery.

Next event: The Modernist Face

Saturday 11th July 2015

11.30am – 2pm

Call 0121 414 2261 for more details or to book your place.