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Geranium Day 2017

Are you able to help us please on Geranium Day? If you are able to collect for one or two hours in the morning or afternoon in Sutton High Street for Geranium Day it would really be appreciated. Please contact Amanda at the office on 020 8409 7166 or email

The Greater London Fund for the Blind (GLFB) was formed in 1921 by Sir Arthur Pearson who was also founder of both the Daily Express and the national charity St Dunstan's in 1915 (which is now known as Blind Veterans UK) for soldiers blinded by war. Sir Arthur had glaucoma and was blind. Just before he died he organised a "Geranium Day" appeal in London to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by blind and partially sighted people living with sight loss.

Today the GLFB is a fundraising organisation and funds the work of its nine member charities of which Sutton Vision is a member. GLFB reserves a third of its income to make special grants to other local charities and organisations which request financial assistance from the GLFB e.g."Blind for Business" an organisation working with two hundred employers to help raise the hopes and ambitions of visually impaired people to be treated at interviews and in jobs on the same level as sighted people.

The other eight member organisations of GLFB are as follows: Blind Aid (formerly Metropolitan Society for the Blind, CLARITY, Croydon Vision, Kingston Upon Thames Association for the Blind, Merton Vision, Middlesex Association for the Blind, SeeAbility and Sight for Surrey.

The funds received from the GLFB by these organisations enable them to provide a range of services which include training and employment programmes, advice about equipment and facilities and support from the point of diagnosis through the entire rehabilitative process for adults, children and people with dual sensory loss. This information is taken from the GLFB website So if you can please help us to collect for GLFB Thursday 18th May 2017 we would be happy to hear from you.

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Socialise Sessions at Worcester Park

We are now holding regular socials events every Thursday from 10.00am until 12.00 noon at the Welcome Cafe at Christ Church with St Philip. Why not come along for tea, filter coffee and delicious fair trade biscuits all at reasonable prices? The Cafe is at the side of the Church in Ruskin Drive (at the junction with Cheam Common Road, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 8LG.

This is a partnership scheme involving the team at the Christ Church with St Philip, SCILL and Sutton Vision and you are sure of a welcome from our volunteers and staff. Do join us!