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Hayley Grocock

London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Wakefield District Sight Aid is a fantastic local charity supporting blind and partially sighted people across the whole of the Wakefield Metropolitan District Council area. 2019 marks the charity's 150th Birthday and given that I'm lucky enough to be the CEO of this amazing organisation, it seemed right and proper for me to lead the fundraising charge in celebration of this landmark event. 2019 also happens to be my 40th Birthday, so it's something of a double celebration (although most sane people would probably think that running 26.2 miles is a funny way to celebrate...)![/p][p]Wakefield District Sight Aid supports around 1,000 people in the local community with varying degrees of sight loss. According to the latest figures, there are just over 3,100 people registered as blind, severely sight impaired, or partially sighted across the district. However, national charity RNIB suggests that the number of people registered as visually impaired is likely to only be around 18% of those who are actually living with some form of sight loss. This means there could be over 17,000 people in our community whose sight is failing and who need our help. We are the only charity providing direct services to those people.[/p][p]From our little office in Outwood, we provide a number of vital services, all of which are free at the point of delivery. We run a home visiting service, where we are able to assess for, advise on the use of, and provide certain equipment free of charge that helps people to live more independently and safely at home. We are also able to arrange talking newspapers and talking books for those who want them, and many of our members tell us that these are a lifeline, particularly those people who have lost their sight later in life. Our community outreach programme aims to bring people together, helping them make connections, promoting mental and physical wellbeing, and tackling social isolation, which can be a massive problem for people living with sight loss. Our new Tech Mate service promotes digital inclusion and aims to help people make the most of assistive technology. We also campaign on local issues that are important to our members, such as pavement parking and preserving local talking bus routes.[/p][p]We are a tiny charity. We have 6 part time staff (including me) and without our dedicated team of volunteers we simply couldn't continue to operate. Our accounts are a matter of public record and if you have a look you will see that our running costs in a typical year are around double what we receive in income. Every few years, we are lucky enough to receive a generous legacy donation (usually from someone we've supported) and these funds keep us going in the lean years. [/p][p]I'm telling you this to highlight how important fundraising like this is. It literally keeps us going. I've set a target of £1,000. This doesn't sound like a lot of money, but for us this money could:[/p][p]Cover the cost of producing and sending out 3 out of 4 of our quarterly newsletters to around 1,200 members and local stakeholders in large print, audio and Braille.[/p][p]Allow us to put on three social trips for members throughout the year and not have to ask them to make a contribution to the costs.[/p][p]Fund starter packs for people who are newly diagnosed as visually impaired, containing helpful equipment such as a talking clock and non-spill mug.[/p][p]Pay our office rent for 2 months.[/p][p][br][/p]
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Supporters

May 5, 2019

Jay

Well done my love. Jx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 4, 2019

RAY AND BARBARA

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019

Vic

Well done Hayley

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019

Michelle

So proud of you Hayley. You are amazing. Love you. ❤ ❤ ❤ Michelle. xxxxx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019

Judi Alston

Well done Haley you are an inspiration!! Today at Outwood we saw first hand the amazing work Wakefield Sight Aid are doing and are so pleased to be working with you.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Jo Jingree

To my amazing, lovely Hayley. Good luck today- I know you will smash it. So proud of you xxxx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

John Milne

Good luck Hayley, run like the wind

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

Karen Nicklin

Good luck for tomorrow Hayley.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

Pippa

Very proud of you. See you tomorrow xx

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

Mary Chadwick

Keep running: stay strong, Mary and Adrienne

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid